The Barefoot Bookseller

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About the Barefoot Bookseller

Ultimate Library have teamed up with luxury resort, Soneva Fushi to bring the first ever pop-up bookshop to the Maldives.

Our search for a Barefoot Bookseller has sparked the imagination of the world over the last two years, and proved that in uncertain times, the dream of a residency among books, sea, and sand is still universally appealing.


For the project's first year, we received hundreds of applications from all corners world, and finally chose two lucky candidates to leave their lives behind for three months and help run our desert island bookshop. Our first Barefoot Bookseller, Hugo Wilson, started the journey in October 2018 and passed the baton on to Aimee Johnson from Penguin Random House, Ireland in January 2019 who closed the shop for the season on May 28th. 

The next chapter...

This was just the first chapter in what we hope will become an epic saga. With thousands of applications this year, it was a tough application process but we finally managed to choose our perfect candidate. We have opened the doors of the Barefoot Bookshop for the second year running and Chrissy Ryan, our new Barefoot Bookseller, is in place at Soneva Fushi, armed with hundreds of books and bursting with recommendations to entertain, inspire and enlighten.

Check out Chrissy's blog posts, Instagram page, or subscribe, to live vicariously through her and follow her amazing adventure in paradise.

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