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$8.11  US$15.50

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The Red House

Hardback

US$16.88  US$37.51

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The House of Rumour

Hardback

US$16.58  US$39.25

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Threats

Paperback

US$9.59  US$14.00

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The Lighthouse

Paperback

US$15.94  US$20.01

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Care of Wooden Floors

Paperback

US$7.79  US$17.50

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Flight Behaviour

Hardback

US$19.98  US$42.75

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The Art of Fielding

Paperback

US$9.67  US$20.01

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Me Before You

Paperback

US$8.98  US$15.25

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Stranger Magic

Paperback

US$28.85  US$30.70

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Merivel

Hardback

US$20.23  US$24.67

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The Casual Vacancy

Hardback

US$15.17  US$25.98

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Inland

Paperback

US$9.81  US$13.95

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Alone in the Classroom

Hardback

US$16.04  US$41.51

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The Flame Alphabet

Hardback

US$23.06  US$27.45

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Home

Hardback

US$12.43  US$29.00

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The Girl on the Stairs

Hardback

US$14.16  US$37.25

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The Teleportation Accident

Hardback

US$32.24  US$37.00

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Swimming Home

Paperback

US$13.17

Music 109

Hardback

US$20.98  US$24.96

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Grace

Hardback

US$31.61  US$55.74

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Drugs - Without the Hot Air

Paperback

US$16.45  US$19.95

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Paperback

US$10.90  US$20.25

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Running with the Kenyans

Paperback

US$14.42  US$33.00

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A Street Cat Named Bob

Paperback

US$8.73  US$12.54

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Through the Eye of a Needle

Hardback

US$32.27  US$39.95

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A History of Bombing

Paperback

US$7.74  US$19.50

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In Praise of Love

Paperback

US$7.56  US$28.75

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Queen Anne

Paperback

US$14.90  US$23.99

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Pete Townshend: Who I am

Hardback

US$14.95  US$44.49

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Another Country

Hardback

US$4.98  US$29.26

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Sightlines

Paperback

US$8.37  US$20.01

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Dangerous Work

Hardback

US$26.59  US$39.52

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Traces Remain

Paperback

US$10.18  US$24.50

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Titanic Lives

Paperback

US$10.54  US$21.99

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Strindberg

Hardback

US$30.78  US$45.00

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Through the Window

Paperback

US$10.67  US$24.75

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Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?

Paperback

US$8.68  US$14.10

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An Almost English Life

Hardback

US$14.15  US$32.75

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Stonemouth

Paperback

US$5.83  US$18.01

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Joseph Anton

Hardback

US$24.38  US$54.74

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Country Girl

Hardback

US$10.18  US$44.25

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The Richard Burton Diaries

Hardback

US$17.94  US$35.00

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The Patagonian Hare

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US$10.48  US$12.98

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Three Lives

Hardback

US$21.06  US$32.00

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Every Love Story is a Ghost Story

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US$9.67  US$43.49

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Counting One's Blessings

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US$19.75  US$40.58

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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$14.50  US$20.77

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Antigonick

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US$14.07  US$33.75

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Ratburger

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US$13.38  US$16.88

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This is Not My Hat

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US$11.04  US$26.50

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My Big Shouting Day

Paperback

US$7.40  US$13.25

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Maggot Moon

Hardback

US$11.45  US$17.19

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After

Paperback

US$6.74  US$15.25

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Topsy Turvy Tales

Hardback

US$12.26  US$20.40

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Rosie's Magic Horse

Hardback

US$12.15  US$28.75

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Genius Ideas (Mostly)

Paperback

US$7.18  US$15.25

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The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear

Hardback

US$15.47  US$23.70

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Ribblestrop Forever!

Paperback

US$6.69  US$11.02

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Son

Hardback

US$14.20  US$17.99

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The Raven Boys

Paperback

US$8.28  US$10.57

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Every Day

Hardback

US$13.50  US$17.99

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Paperback

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How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel: Book 10

Paperback

US$7.60  US$9.50

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Bitter Blood

Paperback

US$8.89  US$12.89

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Nitty Winnie

Paperback

US$7.83

The Secret of the Fortune Wookie: Bk. 3

Paperback

US$5.99  US$9.37

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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Hardback

US$9.65  US$21.75

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Templeton Twins Have an Idea

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Splendors and Glooms

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US$16.08  US$17.99

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This Moose Belongs to Me

Hardback

US$13.15  US$24.25

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The Abominables

Hardback

US$12.52  US$23.99

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The Hunger Games Trilogy Classic (Box Set)

Paperback

US$24.09  US$32.48

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Superworm

Hardback

US$13.17  US$23.99

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Goblins

Paperback

US$6.39  US$15.50

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LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia

Hardback

US$16.32  US$33.24

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The Moomins and the Great Flood

Hardback

US$9.52  US$12.98

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Vegan Eats World

Hardback

US$29.45  US$35.00

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Secrets of Eclairs

Hardback

US$8.56  US$19.75

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Come in We're Closed

Hardback

US$26.29  US$35.00

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The Turkish Cookbook

Hardback

US$23.72  US$39.12

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Polpo

Hardback

US$26.57  US$54.50

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Bouchon Bakery

Hardback

US$33.54  US$50.00

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Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

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US$24.58  US$57.25

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Pastry

Hardback

US$22.02  US$44.49

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Faviken

Hardback

US$39.96  US$59.95

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Honestly Healthy

Hardback

US$16.90  US$34.95

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Wahaca - Mexican Food at Home

Hardback

US$20.12  US$32.95

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Modernist Cuisine

Hardback

US$108.28  US$140.00

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Every Grain of Rice

Hardback

US$27.03  US$53.74

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Hugh's Three Good Things

Hardback

US$30.74  US$42.00

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The Hairy Dieters

Paperback

US$13.46  US$23.21

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Jerusalem

Hardback

US$30.20  US$42.23

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Leon Family & Friends: Book 4

Hardback

US$24.27  US$39.67

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Lorraine Pascale's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food

Hardback

US$20.90  US$43.75

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Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course

Hardback

US$25.46  US$54.74

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The Kitchen Diaries II

Hardback

US$29.94  US$65.50

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People's Pops

Paperback

US$12.97  US$16.99

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Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones

Hardback

US$18.45  US$24.99

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Cake

Hardback

US$27.45  US$55.00

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The Modern Vegetarian

Paperback

US$14.37  US$23.60

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Dirt Candy: a Cookbook

Paperback

US$15.11  US$19.99

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The Lebanese Kitchen

Hardback

US$33.88  US$49.95

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How to Bake

Hardback

US$32.57  US$39.95

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Limoncello and Linen Water

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US$25.03  US$32.48

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Prashad Cookbook

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US$22.23  US$39.95

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Salt Sugar Smoke

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US$22.31  US$43.49

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The Little Paris Kitchen

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US$19.97  US$44.00

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The Sprouted Kitchen

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US$18.55  US$24.99

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Kate

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US$57.68  US$85.00

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Kylie / Fashion

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US$31.13  US$45.27

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Hollywood Costume

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US$39.90  US$77.24

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Tim Walker: Story Teller

Hardback

US$51.29  US$99.25

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What are You Looking At?

Hardback

US$20.10  US$31.30

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Instant

Paperback

US$13.34  US$24.96

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Lomo Life: The Future is Analogue

Hardback

US$44.99  US$45.00

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Paris in Colour

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US$11.56  US$19.95

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

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US$29.55  US$39.95

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Textiles

Hardback

US$74.92  US$95.00

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A Graphic Cosmogony

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US$22.59  US$29.94

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Seduced by Art

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US$31.80  US$50.00

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Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air

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US$47.09  US$70.00

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Yayoi Kusama

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US$53.64  US$75.00

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Forever

Hardback

US$39.35  US$49.95

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Banksy. You are an Acceptable Level of Threat

Hardback

US$24.27  US$35.00

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Infographica

Paperback

US$8.82  US$16.12

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Mark Hearld's Work Book

Hardback

US$37.39  US$50.00

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The Sartorialist: Closer

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US$20.45  US$30.00

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Death

Hardback

US$19.16  US$19.47

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Information is Beautiful

Hardback

US$25.38  US$32.48

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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$64.32  US$80.00

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Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

Paperback

US$29.07  US$67.99

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Lichtenstein

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US$10.94  US$10.95

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The English Cathedral

Hardback

US$76.61  US$85.00

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The Queen's Diamonds

Hardback

US$94.99  US$95.00

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The Art of Halo 4

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US$30.39  US$34.95

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Postcards from Vogue

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US$16.68  US$24.99

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British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 3

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US$44.99  US$45.00

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Dancers Among Us

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US$12.51  US$17.95

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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$8.70  US$26.25

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Best In Show

Hardback

US$13.07  US$28.26

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Northern Knits Gifts

Paperback

US$7.61  US$22.96

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Literary Knits

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US$18.11  US$22.99

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Little Stitches

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US$19.23  US$26.96

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Really Wild Tea Cosies

Paperback

US$16.07  US$19.95

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Making an Impression

Paperback

US$12.80  US$21.95

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Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece

Paperback

US$21.19  US$26.96

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Evil Knits

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US$12.98  US$21.99

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Circular Knitting Workshop

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US$16.95  US$24.96

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Cast on, Bind Off

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US$14.32  US$16.95

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Recraft

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US$17.86  US$19.95

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Everything Oz

Paperback

US$14.50  US$23.49

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Chic on a Shoestring

Paperback

US$14.67  US$33.50

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The Crafter's Guide to Papercutting

Paperback

US$13.87  US$28.75

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Mollie Makes Christmas

Hardback

US$15.99  US$22.25

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Garden Crafts for Children

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US$17.80  US$19.95

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Animal Hats

Paperback

US$13.38  US$32.75

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Granny Chic

Paperback

US$22.86  US$24.96

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Crochet Bakemono [monsters!]

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US$15.02  US$17.95

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Be Crafty: Bring the Owls Inside

Paperback

US$6.51  US$9.95

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The Art of Handmade Living

Hardback

US$21.51  US$24.96

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Junk Genius

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US$26.18  US$29.94

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

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US$32.78  US$66.25

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Craft-a-day

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US$23.58  US$24.96

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