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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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.

The Interview cancelled: From supporting the Ku Klux Klan to appeasing the Nazis, Hollywood has a rich history of caving in

Stars like Rob Lowe condemning Sony for cowardice need to look into their industry's past

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