Our people

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.

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, getting great deals, and then seeing those books on the shelves or in the hands of enthusiastic readers. I’m honoured to represent a...

Joanna Swainson


After a degree in French I ran a business for several years, providing a range of copy writing and editing services. My love of books and an interest in writing led me to freelance for a number of literary agents, including one of the most commercial agencies in London. Submissions...

Hannah Ferguson


I grew up living above my family run bookshop in the Midlands. Books have always been a huge part of my life and, unsurprisingly, one of my first jobs was working in said bookshop. I moved to London for a time to study Creative Writing at Goldsmiths and later started...

Hana Murrell

Rights Director

I started my career in translation rights at Andrew Nurnberg Associates in 2014, and arrived at Hardman & Swainson from Blake Friedmann where I was Senior Rights Manager, via maternity covers at Curtis Brown and A. M. Heath. I have a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages – French and Italian,...

Lucy Malone

Agency Assistant

I have recently completed my Master’s and Undergraduate degrees in English Literature from Durham University, and this is my first position working in a literary agency. My passion for books and my interest in author care has led me to this industry, and to literary agenting in particular.