A former editor of Mr & Mrs Smith, Rufus Purdy began his working life dressed as a giant banana (complete with yellow tights), handing flyers to tourists outside Covent Garden tube station. He then graduated to the heights of junior sub-editor at Harper’s Bazaar, where he honed his skills dragging celebrities’ barely literate copy into the realms of acceptability. A spell at Conde Nast Traveller pigeon-holed him for life, and he has since claimed free holidays as travel editor at Psychologies, or on jaunts for The Observer, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, JL Edition and The New York Post. Highlights of his post-Smith career include learning how to butcher a pig and pen erotic fiction for The Times – oh, and becoming a father. He is currently working on a novel.