The Remarkable Life of the Skin is a compelling user's guide to the physical, psychological and social importance of the body's largest, most visible and yet most misunderstood organ.
Dr Monty Lyman is a doctor and research fellow at the University of Oxford. His first book, The Remarkable Life of the Skin, was shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and a Sunday Times Book of the Year. He has given many talks at national conferences and has won several essay prizes, including the 2020 Royal Society of Medicine pain essay prize. He lives in Oxford, England.
This microsopic look at skin is crawling with revelations, from
tiny mites to cellulite and skin care... An exciting introduction
to a little-known universe and to a talented new writer. * Sunday
A seriously entertaining book... Here are things you wish you'd known about the skin years ago... Clever, optimistic. * The Times *
Lyman peels back the science on human skin in this absorbing, fact-packed study. * Nature *
Beautifully written, revealing and surprising, this is a fascinating guide to the secret life of the skin. * Daily Mail *
An unexpectedly great adventure. * Sunday Times *
Imaginatively told... knowledgeable and enthusiastic. * The Spectator *
Not since GCSE Biology has my reading material been so scientific. As I approach my late twenties, I've increased my skincare routine tenfold, and now I'm taking it up a notch by learning how our largest organ actually works.The Remarkable Life of the Skin will make you scratch, squirm, inspect and neglect, but what a read it is. If those aforementioned textbooks had been written by the highly entertaining Dr Monty Lyman, I might have paid more attention. Plus, no other Tube read has ever garnered so many double-takes. * Vogue *
Fascinating ... takes us beneath the surface of our largest and least-known organ. * Daily Express *
This book's a gem. * Irish Examiner *
An extraordinary insight into the fascinating world of the skin, explaining how it both protects and connects us... [the book] delves into the science behind the skin's microbiome and explores the history of anti-aging treatments. A must read for all of those curious about why our skin is the first to show our emotions, and how it has the power to both divide and unite communities around the world. * Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London *