Lonely Planet Writer

Sell books on a paradise island with this dream job

You, the sound of the ocean and a bespoke collection of books to read and recommend. If that sounds like the dream job to you, you’re in luck. Applications are now open to become a bookseller in a luxury resort in the Maldives.

It’s the life of a barefoot bookseller for me. Photo by Sakis Papadopoulos

The job of ‘barefoot bookseller’ will have you working in a pop-up bookshop in Soneva Fushi, a five-star luxury resort in Baa Atoll, a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve. The bookstore itself will have a small but artfully-curated collection designed to appeal to its rich and well-educated clientele so expect gorgeous volumes focusing on art, design, food and style.

This could be your new workplace. Photo by George Rishaan

There will also be titles chosen to give better context to the paradise-like surroundings, including books on the Indian ocean, marine life, the history of the country and its natural environment. The idea is to help visitors rediscover the magic of reading, something that many travellers use their holiday time to catch up on.

As well as working with books, the successful applicant have the scope of making the new role their own, with opportunities to run creative writing workshops for adults and storytelling sessions for children. They’ll also be expected to write a blog on the life of a desert island bookseller.

Soneva Fushi is the location of the new pop-up bookshop. Photo by Stevie Mann

The job comes in partnership with Ultimate Library, a company which builds personalised book collections for hotels, resorts and even private homes around the world, with a special emphasis on choosing titles that reflect the the local neighbourhood. Philip Blackwell, CEO of Ultimate Library said in a statement: “we are delighted to be teaming up with Soneva on this project. This is possibly the best job in the world for the right individual. They must like sun, sea, sand and naturally books!”

There are no firm details on the package yet but they will appear soon on the Ultimate Library site. In an interview the Guardian however, Blackwell said “the pay is derisory but the fringe benefits unparalleled.” The successful applicant will be expected to dedicate at least three months to the role and anybody interested should email hello@ultimatelibrary.co.uk with a CV and an example of their writing.