Why we started a bookshop in Bristol

Hi, we’re Jessica and Sam,

We moved into Henleaze shortly before Durdham Downs Books closed, and when we saw it shut we immediately thought ‘how can we bring it back?’. Max Minerva's is our attempt to do just that, and a little bit more. 

Books have been in the blood for Jessica, growing up with an uncle in the book business gave her a love for reading, and an understanding of the importance of bookstores and libraries for the community. As an adult, she has helped develop collections for the Singapore National Library and ran a small online bookstore in Australia. 

Sam’s passion is for creativity in general, and its importance in children's education and development. He previously ran Bristol Story Lab, which worked with schools in Easton to turn kids’ stories into illustrated books.

Alongside marvellous books, we'll be putting together a series of events including children's creative writing workshops. We want to make Max Minerva's part of the community, supporting the readers and writers of Henleaze, Westbury Park, Bishopston, and Redland, and Bristol’s bibliophiles in general.

So please, pop in and say hi, and let us help you find your next favourite book.

Jessica & Sam