Monty Lyman

Monty Lyman


Monty Lyman is a medical doctor, author and research fellow at the University of Oxford. His clinical, research and writing interests focus on the relationship between mind and body.

He won the 2017 Wilfred Thesiger Travel Writing Award for his report on a dermatological research trip to Tanzania.

Following global research, his first book, The Remarkable Life of the Skin was published by Bantam Press in the UK and by Grove Atlantic in North America in 2019. Shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize, it was a BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' and a Sunday Times 'Book of the Year'. The Remarkable Life of the Skin has been translated into nine languages.

His acclaimed The Painful Truth, on the new science of why we hurt (and how we can heal), was published by Bantam Press in 2021 and was a Top 10 Amazon bestseller. It has been translated into five languages. His essay based on research for The Painful Truth won the 2020 Royal Society of Medicine essay prize.

Dr Lyman’s third book on the relationship between the immune system and our mental health will be published in 2023.

Monty Lyman

Latest Release

The Painful Truth by Monty Lyman

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.

Other Publications

by Monty Lyman

    The Painful Truth
    The Remarkable Life Of The Skin