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.
10 September 2014 05:47 PM
Marr's foray into political fiction is sharp, lively and full of insider knowledge
09 September 2014 12:06 AM
Because although we should read it from cover to cover, realistically…
06 September 2014 12:00 AM
A hot tip to win the Booker Prize, his new book The Bone Clocks is a tour de force of genre-skipping
05 September 2014 06:20 PM
Almost every week, the Family Division hears cases of a mind-scrambling sensitivity
29 August 2014 07:37 PM
Reclusive artists such as Banksy and Haruki Murakami teach us the special value of being left alone
28 August 2014 08:50 PM
26 August 2014 02:07 PM
British culture has lately taken not so much a child-like but a puerile turn in its reflex demonisation of all figures of authority. High-profile cases of corruption and malpractice have not only aroused righteous anger. They have licensed a petulant, even infantile, refusal to engage with the exercise of power for good as well as ill.
Jihadi John and his fellow Isis fighters from the UK are flippant, fanatical... and distinctly British
22 August 2014 07:43 PM
Street-smart attitudes and sarky takedowns have somehow fused with the grimmest tenets of sectarian doctrine
14 August 2014 04:00 PM
Site-specific art can sometimes be a waste of time and breath: a journey to nowhere. One of the revelations at this year's Happy Days festival, devoted to Samuel Beckett and held in and around Enniskillen in County Fermanagh (where he went to boarding school from 1920 to 1923), was the inspired choice of locations.
07 August 2014 09:00 PM
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
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- 2 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Couple die within 28 hours of each other after being married for 73 years