Founded in 2012, Hardman & Swainson is a dynamic London-based literary agency with a diverse range of clients. We pride ourselves on providing an excellent service to our authors, working closely with them at all stages of their careers.

We have an international focus and make it a priority to sell our clients’ work in as many territories as possible.

The agency represents quality writing of all kinds and we welcome submissions and queries from new and established writers. You can find out more about us and what we’re looking for here. Please see our submission guidelines for more details.

We are a member of the Association of Authors’ Agents.

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THE UNMUMSY MUM sticks in top 10!

The Unmumsy Mum (Transworld) has been in the UK hardback non-fiction top 10 since publication and spent two weeks at number 1. International rights have been snapped up in the US by [...]

Our Agents

Caroline Hardman

I love being a literary agent: the thrill of finding brilliant new writers, working with them to hone their work, sending their manuscripts to the right editors… Read more

Joanna Swainson

After a degree in French I ran a business for several years, providing a range of copy writing and editing services. During this time, my love of books… Read more

Hannah Ferguson

started working in publishing after finishing a Masters in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, London. I began my publishing career in 2007… Read more

Our Assistant

Lindsey Barlow

According to her mother, even as a baby, Lindsey was a committed
book enthusiast and the first sentence she learned to say was ‘read it’!…

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