Grant Hyde was born and raised in the beach-side suburbs of Coogee & Maroubra in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. A Bookmakers son, he attended Waverley Catholic Boy’s College until his matriculation in 1986.

His first job was as a Bookmakers clerk for his father until he was graded with the NRL’s Eastern Suburbs Roosters (Sydney Roosters) in 1989. His professional Rugby League career ended in 1992 with the death of his father and a different lifestyle beckoned.

Over the following years Grant worked as a Hotel Manager, Personal Trainer, Building Project Manager & Real Estate Agent. Throughout these years he maintained his strong affection for Rugby & Rugby League. He Captain/Coached various ‘A’ grade teams in the South-Sydney Competition and Briars Sub-district Rugby where he came into contact with many Polynesian team mates.

It was in 1999 that he discovered his fascination for the Pacific Islands when he project managed the renovation of a Hotel in The Kingdom of Tonga. Bred from a long line of Australian story tellers, it was his interest in human history and his love of the Polynesian people that brought him to complete his first Novel “Lords of the Pacific” in 2009. The manuscript for my third novel, ‘The Musket Wars’ is all but complete and will be released in May 2020.

‘Footy, Fame & Cocaine’ the first in his Todd ‘Snow’ Torrington series is available on Kindle ebooks at

Grant currently owes and operates, an indigenous & historical tour company operating in Kamay Botany Bay National Park at La Perouse with business partner, Tim Ella. Grant also works at Qantas as an Airline Service Operator and is a budding novelist. He has two published novels to date ‘Lords of the Pacific’ 2009 with his second, ‘Islands of Gold’ released in 2011. He still lives in the Eastern Suburbs with his lovely wife Melissa, daughter Charlotte and son William.

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