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.

Agents
Caroline Hardman

Agent

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

Agent

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

Agent

*Please note that Hannah is currently closed to submissions*  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...

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,...

Aaminah Badat

Agency Assistant

I have recently graduated with a degree in Human, Social and Political sciences from Newnham College, University of Cambridge. Upon reflecting on my interests and possible career paths, I found myself looking at roles related to agencies and publishing – this is now my first job working within a literary...

Send us your work

We welcome submissions and are actively seeking new talent.