"Barefoot Bookseller" Sought To Run Island Bookshop In Maldives

For those in dismay at the prospect of wet, dark evenings and social isolation this autumn, a luxury desert island resort in the Maldives is looking for a live-in bookseller to start next month. The eco resort of Soneva Fushi, on Kunfunadhoo Island in the Maldives, has played host to three “barefoot booksellers” since 2018. The most recent bookseller, Chrissy Ryan, left in April as the coronavirus pandemic swept the world. However, with the Maldives reopening to international visitors, Soneva Fushi is now in need of a bookseller to run a small shop on the private island, with the contract set to run from the end of October until after Easter. The Maldives is pretty much COVID-free, and the resort has its own medical center. There are also strict and rigorous testing procedures in place, so it’s a fairly safe place to be. The job application calls for “excellent written and verbal English skills; a lively tone of voice to write entertaining blogs and newsletters that capture the exhilarating life of a desert island bookseller, and the skills to host workshops and events.” If you’re interested, you only have until September 30th to put your application in. You can find it here.