Hello! I’m Henry Hyde, a writer, designer and editor. My first non-fiction book, The Wargaming Compendium dealing with the hobby of miniatures wargaming, was published by Pen & Sword in July 2013 and became a best-seller. The book has its own website here. I’m currently working on a follow-up book, Wargaming Campaigns, due to be published in 2022.
I was the Editor of the internationally regarded monthly hobby magazine Miniature Wargames with Battlegames, which combined Battlegames (which started life as my own self-published venture in March 1996 before eventually being bought by Atlantic Publishers on 1st December 2011) and Miniature Wargames, the grand-daddy of the hobby which was first launched in 1983. I left this post in September 2016 to pursue my personal creative goals.
I also write fiction, particularly fantasy. Watch this space.
I have been a professional graphic designer since 1991 and web designer since 1996. Nowadays, I specialise in book and magazine design, corporate identity and branding. I also have a keen interest photography. My own experiences over more than a decade have also given me the ability to offer sound advice on self-publishing and online marketing.
My other interests extend to international and military history (I have a European Studies: History degree from the University of Sussex), visual arts and music, languages (I speak German, French, Italian, Spanish and a smattering of Portuguese), cookery, health and martial arts.
Over the last few years, I have been rekindling my interest in watercolour painting under the watchful eye of Cecil Rice. More recently, I’ve been experimenting with abstract work using acrylics and gold leaf.
I have a deep and abiding love for the place where I live, surrounded by the sea on one side and the South Downs on the other, and love travelling in Europe, with a particular love of Venice and the Dolomites. And when I finally put my feet up, I like to watch good crime (especially if it’s Scandinavian) or sci-fi series.
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2019 and made a series of no-holds-barred video diaries on YouTube. Fortunately, after 37 radiotherapy sessions and ongoing doses of a drug called Prostap-3, the cancer is now in remission, but the stress of the illness combined with other factors (not least the Covid pandemic) led to me having a breakdown in January 2021.
With the help of loved ones, therapy and my own determination to recover and understand my own mind by putting in ‘the work’ and reading widely, I have managed to reach a much better place in my life. In fact, the experience has been so powerful that I decided to share what I have learned and explore the world of mental health, psychology and neuroscience in my new podcast, Inside Your Head. I also dedicated myself to losing weight and have so far shed around 49lbs/22kg.
I’m now 60 and live in beautiful Brighton and Hove on the south coast of England with my partner Ann and our adorable cat, Bibby.
Thanks for visiting.