Boyd Tonkin

Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.

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Dancing in the Dark by Karl Ove Knausgaard, book review: Mysticism interrupts minutiae

Knausgaard's talent and torment focus, and finally ignite, an everyday story of growing up smart, but growing up sad

'The Magical World of the Mayas' (1964)

Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Leonora Carrington revolted against her bourgeois background in Thirties Lancashire, eloped to Paris with Max Ernst and became a record-breaking Surrealist artist. Ahead of a new show at Tate Liverpool, Boyd Tonkin tells the story of a remarkable woman

New words for the contemporary condition: Post-modern portmanteaus from clickspittles to stealthies

Douglas Coupland's new book, 'The Age of Earthquakes', invents a series of words and phrases to fit the present age. Boyd Tonkin creates his own post-modern portmanteaus

Kazuo Ishiguro, one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel The Remains of the Day. Photographed at his home in North London

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast

Back pages: for today’s readers, books are our time machine, the collection’s editors say

Murty Library aims to publish new editions of great Indian literature from 20 languages

Five handsome volumes begin an ambitious project to share with modern readers the rich, diverse treasures of Indian literature going back two millennia

With an angry bear in the backyard, all of Lithuania's other issues pale into near-irrelevance

From Vilnius, the world looks very different, and Russia can feel much more like the 'clear and present danger'

We ought to tame, shame and civilise the super-rich

But our rage blows hot and cold

Language of War, Language of Peace by Raja Shehadeh, book review: A steadfast faith in justice and reconciliation

Palestinian writer is a remarkable witness with an Orwell-like devotion to the truth

Are multinationals really eclipsing nation states? Don’t bet on it

When they choose to act, rather than surrender, elected governments may still have a matchless resilience against corporate tax dodgers

We’ll never see the like of Churchill again. Is that so bad?

No politician today would actually want to advance any Churchillian views

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