Grant Raymond Hyde was born and raised in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. A Bookmakers son, he attended Waverley Catholic Boy’s College until his matriculation in 1986. It was inevitable that his first job was as a clerk for his father until he was graded with the NRL’s Eastern Suburbs Roosters (Sydney Roosters) in 1989 as a feisty, but rather small second-rower. His professional Rugby League career ended in 1992 with the death of his father and a serious career beckoned.
Over the following years Grant tried his hand as a Taxi Driver, Hotel Manager, Gym Instructor, Building Project Manager & Real Estate Agent all with varying degrees of success. Throughout these years he maintained his strong affection for Rugby League as a Captain/Coach to various ‘A’ grade teams in the South-Sydney Competition 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 invested in 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 2007.
Grant currently works as a Qantas Baggage handler, Trainer to the NRL Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and a Personal trainer. He still lives in the Eastern Suburbs with his wife Melissa and baby daughter Charlotte.