Tell us about your bookshop…
Kidnapped is a family-run bookshop in Sai Kung. For six years we have been offering novels, cookbooks, biographies, magazine, stationery and gift items. The books we offer are all our own choices. The name Kidnapped refers to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure “Kidnapped” and the idea that reading will draw you into another world.
Why the passion for books?
I have always loved to read. I attained a masters degree in literature and then worked as an editor and book producer. After moving to Hong Kong, I grabbed the opportunity to achieve a long-held dream of opening my very own bookshop.
What was your favourite book growing up?
Books were always precious in our family. We received a book for Christmas, for birthdays and for special occasions. My favourite was a copy of Astrid Lindgren’s Emil stories – I loved everything about it and still remember the beautiful yellow cover.
What’s on your bedside table now?
My nightstand is full of books I plan to read. manage to get through about 75% of them. If I haven’t read one within a few months, I replace it with a more recent publication. I like to keep up to date with the new releases that we have in the shop. I’m currently reading The Missing by C L Taylor – it’s a captivating thriller about a missing teenager and how the family copes with his disappearance.
Do you have a favourite on your shelves right now?
Anita Shreve’s Fortune’s Rocks. It’s a modern classic about an impossible love affair between a married doctor in his 40s and a 14 year old at the beginning of the last century.
What future plans do you have for Kidnapped?
I’d love to attend more school fairs – since bookshops are becoming so rare in Hong Kong, students are often delighted when we come to their schools and show them our full range of books. School librarians are most welcome to contact me.
And what will you be stretching out with this summer?
My non-fiction books are Mindset by Carol S Dweck and Calmer Easier Happier Screentime by Noel Janis-Norton. The first looks into the “growth mindset” as compared to the “fixed mindset”, which has been discussed recently in schools. The second deals with that perennial question “can I play on my iPad now?” – great timing with the school holidays upon us. I’m also hoping to get through Shtum by Jem Lester and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, which has been on my wish list for a long time.