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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Dancing in the Dark by Karl Ove Knausgaard, book review: Mysticism interrupts minutiae

Knausgaard's talent and torment focus, and finally ignite, an everyday story of growing up smart, but growing up sad

'The Magical World of the Mayas' (1964)

Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Leonora Carrington revolted against her bourgeois background in Thirties Lancashire, eloped to Paris with Max Ernst and became a record-breaking Surrealist artist. Ahead of a new show at Tate Liverpool, Boyd Tonkin tells the story of a remarkable woman

New words for the contemporary condition: Post-modern portmanteaus from clickspittles to stealthies

Douglas Coupland's new book, 'The Age of Earthquakes', invents a series of words and phrases to fit the present age. Boyd Tonkin creates his own post-modern portmanteaus

Kazuo Ishiguro, one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel The Remains of the Day. Photographed at his home in North London

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast

Back pages: for today’s readers, books are our time machine, the collection’s editors say

Murty Library aims to publish new editions of great Indian literature from 20 languages

Five handsome volumes begin an ambitious project to share with modern readers the rich, diverse treasures of Indian literature going back two millennia

With an angry bear in the backyard, all of Lithuania's other issues pale into near-irrelevance

From Vilnius, the world looks very different, and Russia can feel much more like the 'clear and present danger'

We ought to tame, shame and civilise the super-rich

But our rage blows hot and cold

Language of War, Language of Peace by Raja Shehadeh, book review: A steadfast faith in justice and reconciliation

Palestinian writer is a remarkable witness with an Orwell-like devotion to the truth

Are multinationals really eclipsing nation states? Don’t bet on it

When they choose to act, rather than surrender, elected governments may still have a matchless resilience against corporate tax dodgers

We’ll never see the like of Churchill again. Is that so bad?

No politician today would actually want to advance any Churchillian views

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The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

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Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
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Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
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'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
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Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

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Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor