This luxury Maldives resort is recruiting a bookseller

Philip Blackwell, who previously ran British book retailer chain Blackwells, is recruiting for what surely has to be a new contender for the title of "best job in the world."

The successful candidate will run a pop-up book shop at eco resort Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, where villas can cost up to $26,000 per night.

In addition to touting literary works to wealthy guests, the bookseller will be required to write an "entertaining and lively blog" about their travel experiences and host creative writing courses.

They'll also need to move close to the resort, which is described as "the original desert island hideaway in the Maldives," and commit to the position for a minimum of three months.

Positioned a 30-minute sea plane journey from Malé International airport, Soneva Fushi is within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and boasts a number of five-star villas located steps from a white sand beach.

The pop-up book shop's collection, supplied by publishing house Phaidon, will be largely made up of illustrated tomes focusing on art, design, style and cookery as well as a variety of books that reflect the local surroundings.

"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.

Blackwell, a descendent of Benjamin Henry Blackwell, founder of Blackwells, now runs the Ultimate Library company, which creates library collections for resort hotels like Six Senses and JW Marriott and private residences.

For every hotel library they supply to, Ultimate Library helps to donate a reading and reference library to a local institute to assist the community.


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