Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
15 November 2013 07:00 PM
Clad in (what else?) a purple jacket, Thorne's updated epic of scholarly fandom boasts just the kind of passionate excess that has marked the 35-year top-flight musical career of Prince Rogers Nelson.
15 November 2013 06:17 PM
With the age of genocidal despots, the moral ambiguities thicken. Would you have killed Hitler prior to, or even during, the Second World War?
13 November 2013 09:30 PM
No publisher would touch Proust's book in 1913 so he had to pay his own printing costs, says Boyd Tonkin
13 November 2013 12:00 AM
Ridley Scott's star-studded adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's screenplay is released on Friday. Bitter and bleak, it's a disturbing thriller that reflects a writer who refuses to play by Hollywood's rules
08 November 2013 07:00 PM
A short, perfectly formed story about migrant London
08 November 2013 07:00 PM
With its flying-waitress cover and kooky title, this Japanese novel – shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize – hints at Murakami-style weirdness. Lonely Tsukiko meets her old teacher in a bar.
08 November 2013 06:41 PM
In these memorials, the studied absence of triumphalism matters above all
06 November 2013 05:11 PM
Sebastian Faulks’s homage to Woodhouse is out on Thursday
06 November 2013 12:00 AM
The poetic anti-hero of the Samuel Johnson Prize-winning book has much to answer for, says Boyd Tonkin
01 November 2013 07:00 PM
Taboo for their sexual frankness, the stories of the Alf layla wa layla beckoned to the young Hanan Al-Shaykh like forbidden fruit.
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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