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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Deborah Mitford and the resilience of the aristocracy

The families that have withstood decline have also harnessed change. In its upper echelons at least, the British aristocracy has always known that it has to adapt or die

Let the battle for devolution commence

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

On the streets of Stirling, it was as if independence had already been won

Gwendolen: A Novel by Diana Souhami, book review: Daniel Deronda gets a surprising twist

Souhami puts George Eliot's headstrong heroine, "Gwendolen Harleth", back centre-stage

The winds of climate change are blowing Scotland’s way

Imagine the drag away from a parched south and towards a north of endless winter nights. Demography develops a momentum of its own

Prom 41 at London's Royal Albert Hall

The Proms 2014 highlights: They've done it again – brilliant, accessible, and a reminder of the incomparable value of the BBC

My highlights from another outstanding season at the Royal Albert Hall

Ed Miliband, talks image politics with Andrew Marr

Head of State by Andrew Marr, book review

Marr's foray into political fiction is sharp, lively and full of insider knowledge

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy's 186th birthday: Here's War and Peace in 186 words

Because although we should read it from cover to cover, realistically…

David Mitchell interview: 'It's high stakes. Do it wrong and you've got a broken book'

A hot tip to win the Booker Prize, his new book The Bone Clocks is a tour de force of genre-skipping

Ashya King was reunited with his parents Brett and Naghmeh yesterday

Ashya King showed we still don’t know the limits of liberty

Almost every week, the Family Division hears cases of a mind-scrambling sensitivity

The power of anonymity lies in the freedom it grants

Reclusive artists such as Banksy and Haruki Murakami teach us the special value of being left alone

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Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate