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.
26 December 2014 05:25 PM
Never mistake Boris for Falstaff. He is Prince Hal.
The Interview cancelled: From supporting the Ku Klux Klan to appeasing the Nazis, Hollywood has a rich history of caving in
19 December 2014 05:45 PM
Stars like Rob Lowe condemning Sony for cowardice need to look into their industry's past
Vncent Van Gogh. Ever Yours: The Essential Letters, edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker, book review
18 December 2014 01:30 PM
12 December 2014 05:19 PM
In an age of stifling consensus, is there a place for eccentricity?
The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World by George Prochnik, book review: Mitteleuropa’s tragic symbol
12 December 2014 12:16 PM
Stefan Zweig died in despair, but his legacy helped heal a wounded world
05 December 2014 06:18 PM
James Bond is fantasy. Osborne’s 10-year “consolidation” may prove an equal fiction.
04 December 2014 07:00 PM
It has been a strong year for fresh versions of the classics
28 November 2014 05:40 PM
The physical ownership of forbidden books has marched hand in hand with enlightenment. That tradition is now being torn to shreds
26 November 2014 08:20 PM
23 November 2014 12:00 AM
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia