Botticelli's Bastard




Emeralds Never Fade

Stephen Maitland-Lewis is an award-winning author, a British attorney, and a former international investment banker. He has held senior executive positions in London, Kuwait and on Wall Street prior to moving to California in 1991. He has owned a luxury hotel and a world-renowned restaurant and was also Director of Marketing of a Los Angeles daily newspaper.


Maitland-Lewis is a jazz aficionado and a Board Trustee of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York. A member of PEN and the Author’s Guild, Maitland-Lewis is also on the Executive Committee of the International Mystery Writers Festival. His novel "Hero on Three Continents" has received numerous accolades, and "Emeralds Never Fade" won the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction and the 2011 Written Arts Award for Best Fiction. His novel "Ambition" was a 2013 USA Best Book Awards finalist and won first place for General Fiction in the 2013 Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards. Maitland-Lewis' most recent novel "Botticelli's Bastard" was a 2014 USA Best Book Awards finalist in three categories and won the Bronze Award in Best Regional Fiction (Europe) at the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards.


In November of 2014, the Louis Armstrong House Museum honored Maitland-Lewis with the prestigious Louie Award for his passionate work in helping to preserve and promote the cultural legacy of the legendary jazz musician. In January of 2016, Maitland-Lewis was sworn in as a Freeman of the City of London and admitted as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of City Solicitors, and in April of 2016, he became a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).


Maitland-Lewis and his wife, Joni Berry, divide their time between their homes in Beverly Hills and New Orleans.