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Dream Job on a Desert Island

Did you know that, last year, the luxury five-star Soneva Fushi eco resort in the Maldives were looking to hire someone to help run an on-premises bookshop for its guests?

No? Well, basically, it was a three-month stint with possibly a longer séjour at running their bookshop on a remote island in the Maldives. It seems that whoever landed the job would be tasked with helping A-list wealthy guests to find the perfect book(s) to read while on holiday. They’d also be responsible for writing “an entertaining and lively blog that captures the exhausting life of a desert island bookseller” and be able to entertain children with storytelling and host creative writing courses. You can read more about this incredible position in The Guardian online paper and on

The hunt for the right person was led by Philip Blackwell of the Blackwell’s chain of academic bookshops in the United Kingdom (you can read more here). In the years since his family sold the business, he’s started Ultimate Library, and teamed up with dozens of luxury resorts and cruise ships to help them curate special and extensive library collections for guests (sounds awesome and a clever niche idea).

Anyway, the point of this blog is that we thought this incredible opportunity might be open again this year. We’d take it at the drop of a hat but commitments here don’t really make that possible so we thought, if there’s a tropical beach-loving bookworm out there wanting to escape the drudgery of normal life – why not try your luck and send an email to As the saying goes – nothing ventured, nothing gained.