Boyd Tonkin is an English writer, journalist and literary critic.

Literary editor of The Independent newspaper from 1996 to 2013 and a long-time proponent of foreign-language literature, he is the author of The 100 Best Novels in Translation (2018). In 2001 Tonkin re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize – established to honour author and translator equally – which he co-judged until it was merged with the Man Booker International Prize.

In 2020 Tonkin was the recipient of the Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature.