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

The Art of Fielding

Paperback

US$7.73  US$15.50

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The House of Rumour

Hardback

US$15.98  US$39.25

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Threats

Paperback

US$9.63  US$14.00

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The Lighthouse

Paperback

US$15.94  US$20.00

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Care of Wooden Floors

Paperback

US$7.45  US$17.50

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Flight Behaviour

Hardback

US$19.26  US$42.75

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The Art of Fielding

Paperback

US$9.00  US$20.00

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Me Before You

Paperback

US$8.65  US$15.25

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Stranger Magic

Paperback

US$27.81  US$30.70

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Merivel

Hardback

US$19.50  US$23.78

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The Casual Vacancy

Hardback

US$17.45  US$25.04

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Inland

Paperback

US$13.95

The Flame Alphabet

Hardback

US$22.55  US$27.45

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The Girl on the Stairs

Hardback

US$13.65  US$37.25

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The Teleportation Accident

Hardback

US$30.75  US$37.00

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Music 109

Hardback

US$21.55  US$24.95

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Grace

Hardback

US$30.46  US$55.76

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Drugs - Without the Hot Air

Paperback

US$16.69  US$19.95

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Paperback

US$10.51  US$20.25

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Running with the Kenyans

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US$13.90  US$33.01

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A Street Cat Named Bob

Paperback

US$7.14  US$12.55

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Through the Eye of a Needle

Hardback

US$39.94  US$39.95

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A History of Bombing

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US$7.46  US$19.50

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In Praise of Love

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US$7.29  US$28.75

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Queen Anne

Paperback

US$14.15  US$24.00

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Pete Townshend: Who I am

Hardback

US$14.71  US$44.50

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The Plantagenets

Hardback

US$36.59  US$55.26

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Sightlines

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US$8.06  US$20.00

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Dangerous Work

Hardback

US$25.63  US$39.52

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Traces Remain

Paperback

US$10.15  US$24.50

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Titanic Lives

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US$10.02  US$22.00

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Strindberg

Hardback

US$29.66  US$45.00

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Through the Window

Paperback

US$10.28  US$24.75

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Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?

Paperback

US$7.94  US$14.10

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An Almost English Life

Hardback

US$13.64  US$32.75

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Stonemouth

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US$8.08  US$18.01

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Country Girl

Hardback

US$9.82  US$44.25

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The Richard Burton Diaries

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US$17.59  US$35.00

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The Patagonian Hare

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US$10.10  US$12.51

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Three Lives

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US$21.06  US$32.00

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Every Love Story is a Ghost Story

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US$9.32  US$43.50

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Ryszard Kapuscinski

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US$25.87  US$34.95

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Counting One's Blessings

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US$19.50  US$40.59

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The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew

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US$54.99  US$55.00

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The Buddhas of Bamiyan

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US$13.97  US$20.02

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Antigonick

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US$13.56  US$33.74

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Ratburger

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US$12.72  US$16.26

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My Big Shouting Day

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US$7.14  US$13.25

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Maggot Moon

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US$11.03  US$17.19

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After

Paperback

US$6.50  US$15.25

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Topsy Turvy Tales

Hardback

US$11.82  US$20.38

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Rosie's Magic Horse

Hardback

US$11.71  US$28.75

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Genius Ideas (Mostly)

Paperback

US$6.40  US$15.25

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The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear

Hardback

US$14.91  US$23.70

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Ribblestrop Forever!

Paperback

US$6.45  US$11.01

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Son

Hardback

US$14.10  US$17.99

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The Raven Boys

Paperback

US$7.98  US$10.08

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Every Day

Hardback

US$13.42  US$17.99

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

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US$7.00  US$11.01

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How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel: Book 10

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US$7.17  US$9.50

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The Game in the Dark

Hardback

US$11.62  US$12.95

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Bitter Blood

Paperback

US$8.56  US$12.88

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The Secret of the Fortune Wookie: Bk. 3

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US$6.30  US$9.37

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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Hardback

US$9.30  US$21.75

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Templeton Twins Have an Idea

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US$14.55  US$16.99

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Splendors and Glooms

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This Moose Belongs to Me

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US$12.50  US$24.25

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The Abominables

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US$14.94  US$24.00

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The Hunger Games Trilogy Classic (Box Set)

Paperback

US$23.21  US$31.30

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Superworm

Hardback

US$12.70  US$24.00

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Goblins

Paperback

US$6.16  US$15.50

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LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia

Hardback

US$15.73  US$33.26

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The Moomins and the Great Flood

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US$9.18  US$12.51

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Vegan Eats World

Hardback

US$28.26  US$35.00

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Secrets of Eclairs

Hardback

US$8.25  US$19.75

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Come in We're Closed

Hardback

US$25.34  US$35.00

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The Turkish Cookbook

Hardback

US$27.80  US$39.12

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Polpo

Hardback

US$26.37  US$54.50

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Bouchon Bakery

Hardback

US$32.33  US$50.00

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Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

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US$24.88  US$57.25

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Pastry

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US$21.22  US$44.50

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Faviken

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US$39.72  US$59.95

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Honestly Healthy

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US$16.29  US$34.95

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Wahaca - Mexican Food at Home

Hardback

US$19.40  US$32.96

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Modernist Cuisine

Hardback

US$112.09  US$140.00

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Every Grain of Rice

Hardback

US$26.06  US$53.75

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Hugh's Three Good Things

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US$29.51  US$42.00

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The Hairy Dieters

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US$12.97  US$23.21

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Jerusalem

Hardback

US$28.11  US$42.25

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Leon Family & Friends: Book 4

Hardback

US$23.39  US$39.67

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Lorraine Pascale's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food

Hardback

US$20.51  US$43.75

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Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course

Hardback

US$29.55  US$54.75

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The Kitchen Diaries II

Hardback

US$29.61  US$65.50

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People's Pops

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US$12.42  US$16.99

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Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones

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US$17.78  US$24.99

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Cake

Hardback

US$26.06  US$55.00

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The Modern Vegetarian

Paperback

US$13.85  US$23.61

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Dirt Candy: a Cookbook

Paperback

US$14.80  US$20.00

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The Lebanese Kitchen

Hardback

US$34.65  US$49.95

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How to Bake

Hardback

US$27.36  US$39.95

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Limoncello and Linen Water

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US$24.13  US$31.30

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Prashad Cookbook

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US$21.42  US$39.95

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Salt Sugar Smoke

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US$21.52  US$43.50

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The Little Paris Kitchen

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US$20.92  US$44.00

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The Sprouted Kitchen

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US$17.88  US$25.00

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Kate

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US$56.82  US$85.01

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Kylie / Fashion

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US$27.90  US$45.28

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Hollywood Costume

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US$38.45  US$77.25

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Tim Walker: Story Teller

Hardback

US$49.43  US$99.25

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What are You Looking At?

Hardback

US$19.37  US$31.29

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Instant

Paperback

US$16.21  US$24.95

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Lomo Life: The Future is Analogue

Hardback

US$44.67  US$45.00

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Paris in Colour

Hardback

US$11.57  US$19.95

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

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US$39.94  US$39.95

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Textiles

Hardback

US$89.01  US$95.00

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A Graphic Cosmogony

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US$21.67  US$29.95

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Seduced by Art

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US$50.00

Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air

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US$49.71  US$69.99

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Yayoi Kusama

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US$54.12  US$75.00

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Forever

Hardback

US$49.95

Infographica

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US$10.51  US$16.11

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Mark Hearld's Work Book

Hardback

US$38.63  US$50.00

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The Sartorialist: Closer

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US$19.71  US$30.00

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Death

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US$25.77

Information is Beautiful

Hardback

US$24.09  US$31.30

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Advanced Style

Hardback

US$23.79  US$35.00

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Vogue: The Editor's Eye

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US$47.98  US$80.00

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Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

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US$29.61  US$68.00

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Lichtenstein

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US$10.94  US$10.96

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The English Cathedral

Hardback

US$64.66  US$85.01

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The Art of Halo 4

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US$25.54  US$34.95

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Postcards from Vogue

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US$13.92  US$25.00

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Dancers Among Us

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US$12.61  US$17.96

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Black White & Colour

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US$16.94  US$16.95

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Knit Your Own Zombie

Paperback

US$8.39  US$26.24

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Best In Show

Hardback

US$12.60  US$28.25

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Northern Knits Gifts

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US$7.50  US$22.95

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Literary Knits

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US$17.98  US$22.99

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Little Stitches

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US$19.11  US$26.95

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Really Wild Tea Cosies

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US$16.08  US$19.95

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Making an Impression

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US$12.81  US$21.95

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Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece

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US$21.40  US$26.95

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Evil Knits

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US$13.49  US$22.00

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Circular Knitting Workshop

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US$16.95  US$24.95

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Cast on, Bind Off

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US$14.35  US$16.95

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Recraft

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US$24.64

Everything Oz

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US$13.97  US$23.49

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Chic on a Shoestring

Paperback

US$14.14  US$33.51

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The Crafter's Guide to Papercutting

Paperback

US$13.37  US$28.75

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Mollie Makes Christmas

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US$9.49  US$22.25

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Animal Hats

Paperback

US$12.90  US$32.75

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Granny Chic

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US$22.25  US$24.95

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Crochet Bakemono [monsters!]

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US$15.04  US$17.96

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Be Crafty: Bring the Owls Inside

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US$5.90  US$9.95

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The Art of Handmade Living

Hardback

US$21.57  US$24.95

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

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US$31.60  US$66.25

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Craft-a-day

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US$20.86  US$24.95

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