If running away to a desert island and spending your days surrounded
by books sounds like a dream, we may have found the job for you.
Philip Blackwell, founder of Ultimate Library, is
sending one lucky bookworm to the Maldives to manage a pop-up bookstore
inside luxury resort Soneva Fushi.
“We want someone on the ground who is creative and inspiring and can
maybe get more people to share the pleasure of reading, which is what
people enjoy doing on holiday,” Blackwell told The Guardian.
The store will carry books on topics about the local
environment, as well as titles that may be of interest to the A-list
celebrities, wealthy travelers, and “highly educated, enquiring” people
who visit the island.
According to The Guardian, the bookshop is one of the latest ventures from Ultimate Library,
which sets up library collections at hotels and resorts around the
world so that travelers and bibliophiles are never without reading
As part of the job, you would also be expected to
teach creative writing classes, regale children with engaging stories,
and write “an entertaining and lively blog that captures the exhausting
life of a desert island bookseller.”
“The pay is derisory but the fringe benefits
unparalleled,” Blackwell said. “The role will evolve and it is in part
up to you to make the most of this unique opportunity. It’s a dream job
for many people. If I was 25 again I would do it.”
Billed as ”the original desert island hideaway in the Maldives,” Soneva Fushi can be found on the pristine beaches of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Should you get this job, you would get to live near the resort, where
guests pay $2,000 a night for a one-bedroom property and $26,000 for the
nine-bedroom Private Reserve.
You will have to commit to a minimum of three months
if you accept, but we have a feeling that will not be an issue. To apply
for the job, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.