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Holly SmaleDr. Monty Lyman traveled 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, presented by Colin Thubron, President of the Royal Society of Literature.

His acclaimed The Remarkable Life of the Skin was published by Bantam Press in the UK in 2018 and by Grove Atlantic in the US in 2020 and has been translated into eight languages. His book on the phenomenum of pain, The Painful Truth will be published in 2021.

He lives in Oxford, England.

Praise for The Painful Truth


'Extraordinary stories.... A remarkable book'

-- Sunday Times


'A compelling mix of science and anecdote'



'Takes us into the world of pain and how it's been misunderstood for centuries'

-- Mail on Sunday


'An enthralling read'

-- Dr Rachael Clarke, bestselling author of Dear Life, A Royal Society Science Prize short listed author


We know pain when we feel it. We fear it and try to avoid it. But do we know what it really is?

We're currently experiencing a Renaissance in pain science. In recent years our understanding of pain has altered so radically it's fair to say that everything we thought we knew about pain is wrong. As Dr Monty Lyman reveals, we misunderstand pain - with harmful consequences.

The Painful Truth explores cutting-edge research, encompassing phantom aches to persistent pain, and including interviews with survivors of torture as well as those who have never felt pain.
It not only provides hope for reducing and managing pain, but takes us to a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.

This is the untold story of pain - our most elusive feeling.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:The Painful Truth (Bantam Press, 2021); The Remarkable Life of the Skin (Bantam Press, 2018: Grove Atlantic, US, 2018).