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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Owen Wilson (centre) in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

Inherent Vice movie: Can Paul Thomas Anderson do justice to Pynchon's wit and imagination?

'Boogie Nights' director is venturing where no previous filmmaker has dared

As audiences age, classical music is on an endless cycle of self-reinvention

The Philharmonie de Paris is the latest music complex trying to recruit a broader audience

The Girl Who Wasn't There by Ferdinand von Schirach, trans. Anthea Bell, book review

Berlin murder tale with a Gothic touch is a guilty pleasure

Falling global oil prices are putting tens-of-thousands of jobs at risk

Eat shale, Iran! Frack off, Putin! It’s the era of cheap oil, but will it last?

This week’s utopian dreams of cheap fuel forever seem unlikely to be realised

'Tiger, Lion and Leopard Hunt' (1616) by Rubens, oil on canvas

New Rubens exhibition: painter, superstar, and multimedia factory manager

He was an artist, diplomat, peace-treaty broker and even ran a Warhol-style factory. As a major exhibition on Rubens opens in Britain, Boyd Tonkin visits his home and studio in Antwerp to find out why he remains a controversial figure

Salman Rushdie

The fatwa against Salman Rushdie failed, and so will the extremists who killed in Paris

However, the defence of freedom is a rocky road, not a walk in the park

Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand, book review

The Indian princess became a leading figure in the suffragette movement

Maps don’t always reflect the world, but they can change it

Harry Beck’s map, as almost every Tube traveller except the forlorn stranded tourist knows, is definitely not the territory

A scene from the new animated film of 'The Little Prince'

The Little Prince: The new film of the boy who fell to earth

Aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry never lived to see the success of his tale. With a new film version in the works, Boyd Tonkin explains why 'The Little Prince' is still charming

Beware of the jovial buffoon who picks fights overseas

Never mistake Boris for Falstaff. He is Prince Hal.

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
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Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot