I thought about the future not death, kidnapped Hong Kong heiress says
Queenie Rosita Law introduced her new book at the Hong Kong Book Fair; an English-language version is scheduled for publication next year
Two years ago, the heiress to an enormous fortune was kidnapped from her mansion, taken blindfolded to a cave and held captive there for four days until her father paid a multimillion dollar ransom.
It is not a problem most young women face, but 30-year-old Bossini heiress Queenie Rosita Law is hoping her newly released book detailing her ordeal will help others overcome their own struggles, even if they don’t have to deal with a band of kidnappers.
“I want to tell other people that challenges in their lives are part of their journey – not the end,”
said Law, the granddaughter of Bossini clothing chain founder Law Ting-pong, as she launched her book at the Hong Kong Book Fair on Saturday morning.
The Chinese-language book details her April 2015 abduction from her Sai Kung mansion which ended when her property investor father Raymond Law Ka-kui paid HK$28 million in ransom, which has since been recovered.
It includes descriptions of her “civilised” kidnappers – one of whom even apologised for bringing her a cold hamburger.
An English-language version of the book, with working title Dear Life, is expected to be published next year.
Despite posting a selfie on Instagram before the event with the caption “Sooooo nervous to be speaking on stage”, Law appeared poised in her silky white shirt and matching stilettos as she posed for photos with fans and signed copies of her book after the launch.
“I think I’ve become more assertive, I’ve become more focussed in life, more determined to be more successful and hopefully I can use my experience to inspire more people to be more brave in life,” she said.
Law said she had been unsure about what her kidnappers would to do her and could only guess based on books and movies she had seen.
“In a funny way, people thought that I would think about dying the most[during those days in the cave], but I actually thought about my future and living the most,” she said.
“I would think about what I haven’t done, and what I want to do when I come out. That’s why when I came out, I was more focussed on life and I’m more assertive.”
When asked what readers could take away from her unique experience, she said she hoped they would zero in on what was important in their lives.
“You have to understand that your life is yours, and believe in yourself to overcome obstacles in future,” said Law, who graduated from the prestigious Central St Martins arts college in London and now runs her own design studio, Production Q, in Hong Kong.
Last year, a Shenzhen court jailed seven mainlanders and a Hongkonger for their role in the kidnapping. Another man was sentenced in a Hong Kong court to 12 years in prison.
Launched in 1990, the Hong Kong Book Fair has grown into the largest of its kind in Asia, drawing just over 1 million visitors last year.
This year’s week-long fair opened on Wednesday. It has attracted about 670 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions.