City scribbler aims to make a killing with thriller for charity

THIS evening sees the launch of Michael Crawshaw’s thriller novel To Make A Killing, at the London Capital Club.

Crawshaw has previously worked as head of European research at Citigroup and head of research at Schroders. However he has penned his debut Cit-lit to raise money for Joanna Lumley-backed charity Hands Together.

The prime suspect in the mass killings is Mickey, a trader who worked his way up from post-room to boardroom.

“Mickey needs his bonus to sort out his messed-up private life, and will fight against the odds to keep it. But he could be the next to die,” the book’s blurb declares.

■ Christmas is meant to be a time for sharing, and a survey released by YouGov today has polled Britain’s workforce on that very subject. Happily the study concluded that Londoners are most likely to share over the festive period, compared to any other region. Apparently the most favoured items to dish out are sweets and gossip, which The Capitalist can not argue with. In other festive surveys, old favourite Travelodge has its own Christmas survey out – on the annual office party. The study reports 36 per cent of employees plan to get drunk at their office bash, a figure that has surely been grossly understated. But the more shocking finding was that 15 per cent of men said they would be fake tanning especially for the occasion. Let’s hope they don’t do both at the same time.

■ The Capitalist is courted by many who would like it to publicise their charitable works, and given there is so much competition to get into its pages, those seeking publicity go to ever greater lengths. Some even grow outrageous moustaches in the name of fame and philanthropy. However a press officer from Deloitte has taken a curious approach, describing a client in an email as “an infectious person.” His name is Mick Jackson, founder of the Micro-Tyco project through which Deloitte has raised £50,000 for charity WildHearts. When The Capitalist offered its wishes of swift recovery for all involved, it was assured his infection was only related to enthusiasm for the project. What a relief.