Boyd Tonkin

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.

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Book review: Prince, By Matt Thorne

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.

11 November 2013: Palestinian youth hold portraits of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a march in the West Bank town of Hebron to mark the ninth anniversary of Arafat's death

Assassins can change history – but not in the way they expect

With the age of genocidal despots, the moral ambiguities thicken. Would you have killed Hitler prior to, or even during, the Second World War?

Remembrance of things Proust: ‘In Search of Lost Time’

Happy birthday to a timeless classic: Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time turns 100

No publisher would touch Proust's book in 1913 so he had to pay his own printing costs, says Boyd Tonkin

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The Counsellor: Cormac McCarthy and the camera

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

Book review: The Embassy of Cambodia, By Zadie Smith

A short, perfectly formed story about migrant London

Book review: Strange Weather in Tokyo, By Hiromi Kawakami

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.

Photographs of the fallen are displayed on crosses adorned with poppies in the field of remembrance at Westminster Abbey

Remembrance day: We remember, but we do not celebrate

In these memorials, the studied absence of triumphalism matters above all

Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster and Stephen Fry as Jeeves in an episode from ITV's 90s series 'Jeeves and Wooster'

Imagine PG Wodehouse with a twist: Could Jeeves become gamekeeper to Wooster’s poacher?

Sebastian Faulks’s homage to Woodhouse is out on Thursday

Lucy Hughes-Hallett, author of 'The Pike', which won the Samuel Johnson Prize

From Gabriele D'Annunzio to Berlusconi – via Mussolini

The poetic anti-hero of the Samuel Johnson Prize-winning book has much to answer for, says Boyd Tonkin

Book review: One Thousand and One Nights, By Hanan Al-Shaykh

Taboo for their sexual frankness, the stories of the Alf layla wa layla beckoned to the young Hanan Al-Shaykh like forbidden fruit.

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A fresh take on an old foe

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The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
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British Library celebrates all things Gothic

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They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
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