The listing, submitted under the alias “Eros de Grey” offers up to £35,000 (CAD$70,500) for “Literary Assistant (cum Miss Money Penny, cum Bree Van de Kamp, cum Archetypal Muse, cum Lara Croft.)
The multi-talented employee, potentially with multi-personalities, would be required to join the full-time novelist in Sicily for “the international adventure of researching and writing the greatest love story ever told.”
Many social media users were sure the post was a joke but the advert has actually been attributed to Oxford graduate and former businessman Stratos Malamatinas, who made headlines in 2011 as the director of a company selling essays to university students.
The unbelievable advertisement tells potential applicants that they will need to “triple as a sedulous personal assistant and glamourous hostess managing the social events calendar for a busy Sicilian villa.”
Keen-eyed observers also pointed out similarities between the ad and a recent posting on MillionaireMatchmakerOnline.net in which a “gentleman novelist” seeks a “beguiling companion.”
Disappointingly – for any aspirational muses at least – the advert was removed from the online job sites after just a few days.
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An eccentric academic seeking to employ “a charismatic literary assistant” may have crafted the “worst job ad ever” according to scores of Twitter users who compared the posting to a desperate lonely-hearts ad.