Added on: 17th June, 2014 by John_2904
ACCLAIMED international author and former Westbourne School pupil Stephen Maitland-Lewis will be the guest of honour as the school hosts its biggest ever prize giving ceremony.
The independent co-educational school is taking over the Crucible Theatre on the evening of July 1 as its prize giving has outgrown the traditional school marquee ceremony.
Special guest Stephen Maitland-Lewis is an award winning novelist and former international investment banker who held senior positions in London, Kuwait, and on Wall Street before moving to the United States in 1981.
He grew up in Sheffield and London and received his Bachelor and Master of laws degrees from Sheffield University and before moving into investment banking, he was a solicitor in London.
After settling in California, he owned a luxury hotel and a world-renowned award-winning restaurant in Palm Springs and was also the Director of Marketing of a Los Angeles daily newspaper before becoming a full time novelist.
Today, he lives in Beverly Hills and his novels have received numerous accolades.
His last novel, Ambition, was recently named a Finalist in the 2014 International Book Awards and won the 2013 Rebecca Reads Reader’s Choice Award for Best General Fiction.
An earlier novel, Emeralds Never Fade, won the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Historical Fiction and the 2011 Written Arts Award for Best Fiction.
Also present at the ceremony will be Peter Waterfield, who was headmaster at Westbourne when Stephen was a pupil in the 1950s.
Stephen’s upcoming novel, Botticelli’s Bastard, which will be published on August 11, is dedicated to Mr Waterfield, who was and remains a great inspiration and role model.