Boyd Tonkin

Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.

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Dragon’s tail: the Aberystwyth Promenade

Dylan Thomas: When weather howls

The storms lashing the Welsh Coast have brought to life the most savage verse and prose of Dylan Thomas. On the trail of the great poet, Boyd Tonkin finds himself swept away

A demonstration organized by Anonymous group was held to protest against the austerity measures adopted by the governement - some people in the crowd also feel at odds with political parties

To be anti-politics might be fun, but it gets Britain nowhere

Ukip’s hipper mirror-image, Russell Brand, recruits the  bar-stool whinger cradling a mojito rather than a G&T for his polysyllabic playground revolution

The Cazalet books reflect the eye, and the mind, of a writer who lived a far from sheltered life

An appreciation of Elizabeth Jane Howard: an accomplished author who inspired stepson Martin Amis

There was a lot more to Elizabeth Jane Howard, who died yesterday aged 90, than the much-loved Cazalet Chronicles. Since her debut book in 1951, the novelist had published half-a-dozen accomplished novels before she set out in the early 1980s on that series of socially astute and emotionally subtle family sagas.

Villagers in Clinceni, Romania cover a field with what they claim is the world's biggest ever flag

Ignore the xenophobic hysteria and welcome our EU neighbours

Britain is in the Orwellian middle not of a Two-Minute Hate, but a Two-Year Hate

Rooney Mara cleans Daniel Craig's wounds in the American film adaptation of the first book

The publisher who played with fire: the battle for control of Larsson's £30m legacy

Boyd Tonkin talks to Eva Gabrielsson,  who is horrified by plans to cash in on her dead partner’s ‘Millennium’ trilogy

Does the PM’s “spontaneous” tweet – which, by the way, seems to revise his previous passion for The Guns of Navarone – hint that a Lawrentian gallop still tempts him?

The secret life of David Cameron

In choosing ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ as his favourite film, David Cameron is disclosing a fantasy of self-sacrifice as much as one of heroism

The Scientology case is about freedom: now how about Jedi?

During Britain’s long Christian twilight, traditional believers have routinely complained about the rise of what they see as wacky sects and fringe faiths

The Sorrow of Angels by Jon Kalman Stefánsson - book review

Epic tale of survival set among Iceland's unforgiving fjords

Bethlehem: a Christmas poem, By Carol Ann Duffy: Book review

The Nativity is sensuously captured by the Poet Laureate

The Story of Edvard Munch, By Ketil Bjornstad: Book review

Musician and author Ketil Bjornstad mines the writings of Munch and his friends (and foes) for this biographical novel, which captures the Norwegian painter's life and work in a torrent of syncopated scenes.

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