Joanna has a degree in French and worked as a copywriter and editor before her love of books and an interest in writing drew her to the agenting world. She set up Hardman & Swainson with Caroline Hardman in June 2012, after working for a number of literary agents. Hannah Ferguson joined the agency in September 2015 and they now represent about seventy authors, including bestsellers and prize winners, writing across a broad spectrum of genres, including literary and commercial, women’s, historical, crime and thriller and young adult fiction; non-fiction includes popular science and psychology, true crime, history and memoir. Joanna reads widely and aims to reflect that in her list. She is always on the look out for quality fiction and non-fiction.