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Dream job alert: fancy running a beach-based bookshop in the Maldives?

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Woman stands in the sea, clutching snorkelling equipment, as she gazes at a Maldives beach

This luxury eco resort is searching for an avid reader to run its pop-up bookshop and mingle with a host of A-list celebrities. Yes, really. 

There’s nothing we love more than packing our bags and jetting off for sunnier climes. Well, other than choosing all of the books we’re going to take along with us to the beach, of course.

But, while we usually work hard all year round to earn the money we need to fund our wanderlust (all while desperately figuring out ways to maximise our annual leave allowance), it seems as if there’s a far more pleasant alternative on offer.

Fancy getting paid to run a pop-up bookshop in a luxury Maldives resort?

The successful applicant won’t just be tasked with the running of their beach-based bookshop, though: they must also write a “lively blog” about their experiences as a desert island bookseller, host a handful of creative writing courses, and entertain kids with storytelling.

Speaking to The Guardian, Blackwell said: “The pay is derisory but the fringe benefits unparalleled. 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.”

Fancy applying? Of course you do. However, it’s worth knowing that there are some pretty strict criteria in place. For example, you must have “a passion for books” (duh) and a gregarious personality, as you will be required “to engage guests of all ages”. You will also need to be in this for the long-haul: the minimum contract is three months, although we can’t imagine that will be too much of an ask. After all, if your application is successful, then you will find yourself living on the tropical island, where the crystal-clear ocean is turquoise, the sand as white as snow, and the nearby luxury resort costs anywhere between an eye-watering $1,945 (£1,520) a night for a one-bed property and $25,928 (£20,330) for a luxury nine-bedroom Private Reserve.

“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 said.

To find out more details about this role, you can check the Soneva Sushi or Blackwells websites. And our apologies for not wishing you good luck with your application: as you’ll probably be our direct competition for this one, we’ll settle for a competitive glare across the internet instead…

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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