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.
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
21 November 2014 07:49 PM
In England, traditional football was no more perfect than the Early Church idealised by the Protestant forefather
14 November 2014 05:32 PM
Annually, the agency’s operations cost “about the same as the price of a cinema ticket” for each citizen of the 20 participating nations
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
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- 2 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
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- 4 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
- 5 Yazidi sex slaves undergoing surgery to 'restore virginity' after being raped by Isis militants