Joanna is co-founder of literary agency Hardman & Swainson. She represent a range of authors, particularly across the genres of crime and thriller, speculative, historical, accessible literary and book group fiction. She also represent narrative non-fiction writers, and is particularly keen on science, history, nature, folklore and memoir. She doesn’t like to be too prescriptive in what she’s looking for when reading submissions, but a strong hook, intriguing characters and great writing with surprising insights and observations will always grab her attention. Atmosphere also plays an important part in any book she enjoys.