Best books of 2012

What a literary year. We laughed, we cried, we cooked, we crafted and even managed to read a few books in between. Enjoy our picks of the best books from 2012 in fiction, crafts, cookery, non-fiction, children's and art & photography. Here's to a spectacular 2013.

Top titles in 2012

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A Red Country

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The Twelve

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The Art of Fielding

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The Red House

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The House of Rumour

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Threats

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The Lighthouse

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Care of Wooden Floors

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The Art of Fielding

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Me Before You

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Bring Up the Bodies (Man Booker Prize winner 2012)

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Stranger Magic

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Merivel

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The Casual Vacancy

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Inland

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Alone in the Classroom

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The Flame Alphabet

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Home

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The Girl on the Stairs

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Swimming Home

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Music 109

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Grace

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Drugs - Without the Hot Air

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Until Further Notice, I am Alive

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

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A Street Cat Named Bob

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Through the Eye of a Needle

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A History of Bombing

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In Praise of Love

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Queen Anne

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Vanished Years

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Pete Townshend: Who I am

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Another Country

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Sightlines

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Dangerous Work

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Traces Remain

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The Dictator's Learning Curve

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Titanic Lives

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Strindberg

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Double Cross

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New Ways to Kill Your Mother

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Through the Window

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Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?

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Incognito

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An Almost English Life

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Stonemouth

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Joseph Anton

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Country Girl

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The Richard Burton Diaries

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The Patagonian Hare

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Three Lives

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Every Love Story is a Ghost Story

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Ryszard Kapuscinski

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Counting One's Blessings

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The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew

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An Insomniac's Guide to the Small Hours

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The Buddhas of Bamiyan

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Antigonick

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Ratburger

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This is Not My Hat

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Maggot Moon

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After

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Topsy Turvy Tales

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Finale

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The Odds

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Rosie's Magic Horse

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Genius Ideas (Mostly)

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The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear

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Ribblestrop Forever!

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Son

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The Raven Boys

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Every Day

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Oh No, George!

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

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A Medal for Leroy

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How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel

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LEGO Friends Brickmaster

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Bitter Blood

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Nitty Winnie

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The Secret of the Fortune Wookie: Bk. 3

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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

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Templeton Twins Have an Idea

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Splendors and Glooms

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This Moose Belongs to Me

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The Abominables

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The Hunger Games Trilogy Classic (Box Set)

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Superworm

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Goblins

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LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia

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The Moomins and the Great Flood

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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House of Night: v. 10

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Vegan Eats World

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Secrets of Eclairs

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Come in We're Closed

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The Turkish Cookbook

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Polpo

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Bouchon Bakery

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Scandilicious Baking

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Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

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Pastry

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Faviken

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Honestly Healthy

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Modernist Cuisine

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Every Grain of Rice

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Hugh's Three Good Things

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The Hairy Dieters

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Jerusalem

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Leon Family & Friends: Book 4

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Lorraine Pascale's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food

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Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course

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The Kitchen Diaries II

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People's Pops

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Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones

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Cake

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The Modern Vegetarian

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Dirt Candy: a Cookbook

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The Lebanese Kitchen

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How to Bake

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The Great British Bake Off: How to Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers

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Limoncello and Linen Water

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Salt Sugar Smoke

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The Little Paris Kitchen

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The Sprouted Kitchen

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The Cake Decorating Bible

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Kate

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Kylie / Fashion

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Hollywood Costume

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 22: Portfolio 22

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Tim Walker: Story Teller

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Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen

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What are You Looking At?

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Instant

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Paris in Colour

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Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 1

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Textiles

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A Graphic Cosmogony

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Seduced by Art

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Yayoi Kusama

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Forever

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Infographica

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Mark Hearld's Work Book

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The Sartorialist: Closer

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Death

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Information is Beautiful

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Advanced Style

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Vogue: The Editor's Eye

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Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

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Lichtenstein

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The English Cathedral

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The Queen's Diamonds

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The Art of Halo 4

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Postcards from Vogue

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British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 3

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Dancers Among Us

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Black White & Colour

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Knit Your Own Zombie

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Best In Show

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Northern Knits Gifts

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Literary Knits

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Little Stitches

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Really Wild Tea Cosies

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Making an Impression

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Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece

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Kids' Crafternoon: Sewing

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Evil Knits

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The Gentle Art of Stitching

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Circular Knitting Workshop

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Cast on, Bind Off

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Recraft

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Everything Oz

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Chic on a Shoestring

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The Crafter's Guide to Papercutting

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Mollie Makes Christmas

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Garden Crafts for Children

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Animal Hats

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Granny Chic

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Be Crafty: Bring the Owls Inside

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Junk Genius

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Cath Kidston Slipcase (Sew! Stitch! and Patch!)

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Craft-a-day

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