Shipping within Ireland only €2.95! Irrespective of the number of books!

The Quay Books Blog: Views, News and Opinions from the World of Books. RSS

Claude Monet: Waterlilies and the Garden of Giverny

Water Lilies (or Nymphéas, French) is a series of oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings depict his flower garden at his home in Giverny, and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts. He began the series in 1914, at the age of 73, setting up his easel beside his pond in Giverny and staying put as World War I flared around him. It has often been said that Monet painted the water lilies in near-total seclusion, but in fact he was surrounded by "a bustle of appreciative people, from his staff of gardeners, to his stepdaughter, Blanche, who...

Continue reading

The Library of the Dead

The library of the dead Historians in Germany have launched a research project sifting through thousands of books belonging to Holocaust victims, left in storage in Berlin for over 75 years. "Well-thumbed, worn, battered and with yellowed pages. And yet these books are a unique collection. It is very likely that they come from the apartments of deported and murdered Berlin Jews looted by the Nazis. A library of the dead."

Continue reading

How to Regain a Taste for Reading?

Whether you are looking to reignite a lost reading habit, or you never really got hooked on books and you don’t know where to begin, here's some tips to help you to get started! When we lose ourselves in a book, it allows us to escape from the world around us and find a calm place. A book can be taken everywhere, becoming our traveling companion for a  short while. 

Continue reading

A Bookstore for the Visually Impaired

Recently opened in Paris - a bookstore that specializes in books for the visually impaired. In recent months, some 932,000 visually impaired French people have been able to visit a bookstore in the Latin Quarter that specializes 100% in large print books. It is a first in France, created next to the Pantheon by the publishing houses Voir de Près and À Vue D'oeil.

Continue reading