Monty Lyman

The Remarkable Life of the Skin
  • The Remarkable Life of the Skin

  • - Shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize
    - As read on Radio 4's Book of the Week
    - A Sunday Times 'Must Read'
    - 'An exciting introduction to a little-known microscopic universe and to a talented new writer.' Sunday Times
    How does our diet affect our skin? What makes the skin age? And why can’t we tickle ourselves?

    Providing a cover for our delicate and intricate bodies, the skin is our largest and fastest growing organ. We see it, touch it and live in it every day. It's a habitat for a mesmerizingly complex world of micro-organisms and physical functions that are vital to our health and our survival. It’s also one of the first things people see about us and is crucial to our sense of identity. And yet how much do we really know about it?

    Through the lenses of science, sociology and history, Dr Monty Lyman leads us on a journey across our most underrated and unexplored organ and reveals how the skin is far stranger and more complex than you’ve ever imagined.

Dr Monty Lyman travelled the globe to research The Remarkable Life of the Skin, including Africa, South Asia and Australasia. He studied at the universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Imperial College London. He has worked in a world-leading dermatology laboratory, been the national head of undergraduate and junior doctor dermatology in the UK, has won several national prizes in dermatology and medical writing and has given many talks at national conferences. In 2017 he won the Wilfred Thesiger Travel Writing Award for his report on a dermatological research trip to Tanzania. The Remarkable Life of the Skin was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and a Sunday Times 'Must Read'. He lives in Oxford, England.