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.
18 September 2014 02:00 PM
12 September 2014 07:44 PM
Imagine the drag away from a parched south and towards a north of endless winter nights. Demography develops a momentum of its own
The Proms 2014 highlights: They've done it again – brilliant, accessible, and a reminder of the incomparable value of the BBC
12 September 2014 05:28 PM
My highlights from another outstanding season at the Royal Albert Hall
10 September 2014 05:47 PM
Marr's foray into political fiction is sharp, lively and full of insider knowledge
09 September 2014 12:06 AM
Because although we should read it from cover to cover, realistically…
06 September 2014 12:00 AM
A hot tip to win the Booker Prize, his new book The Bone Clocks is a tour de force of genre-skipping
05 September 2014 06:20 PM
Almost every week, the Family Division hears cases of a mind-scrambling sensitivity
29 August 2014 07:37 PM
Reclusive artists such as Banksy and Haruki Murakami teach us the special value of being left alone
28 August 2014 08:50 PM
26 August 2014 02:07 PM
British culture has lately taken not so much a child-like but a puerile turn in its reflex demonisation of all figures of authority. High-profile cases of corruption and malpractice have not only aroused righteous anger. They have licensed a petulant, even infantile, refusal to engage with the exercise of power for good as well as ill.
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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- 3 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
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- 5 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'