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$7.89  US$15.50

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The House of Rumour

Hardback

US$17.73  US$39.25

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Threats

Paperback

US$9.55  US$14.00

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The Lighthouse

Paperback

US$11.41  US$20.00

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Care of Wooden Floors

Paperback

US$7.62  US$17.50

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Flight Behaviour

Hardback

US$19.68  US$42.75

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The Art of Fielding

Paperback

US$9.19  US$20.00

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Me Before You

Paperback

US$8.83  US$15.25

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Stranger Magic

Paperback

US$28.47  US$30.70

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Merivel

Hardback

US$19.94  US$29.70

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Inland

Paperback

US$12.94  US$13.94

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Alone in the Classroom

Hardback

US$19.90  US$41.50

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The Flame Alphabet

Hardback

US$22.86  US$27.45

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The Girl on the Stairs

Hardback

US$15.27  US$37.26

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The Teleportation Accident

Hardback

US$31.52  US$37.00

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Music 109

Hardback

US$21.24  US$24.95

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Grace

Hardback

US$31.10  US$55.75

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Drugs - Without the Hot Air

Paperback

US$13.81  US$19.95

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Running with the Kenyans

Paperback

US$14.25  US$33.00

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A Street Cat Named Bob

Paperback

US$8.00  US$12.54

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Through the Eye of a Needle

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A History of Bombing

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US$7.65  US$19.50

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In Praise of Love

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US$7.49  US$28.75

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Queen Anne

Paperback

US$14.47  US$24.00

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Pete Townshend: Who I am

Hardback

US$14.70  US$44.50

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Another Country

Hardback

US$16.26  US$29.25

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Sightlines

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US$19.97  US$20.00

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Dangerous Work

Hardback

US$26.08  US$39.52

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Traces Remain

Paperback

US$10.40  US$24.50

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Titanic Lives

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US$10.25  US$22.00

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Strindberg

Hardback

US$30.31  US$45.00

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Through the Window

Paperback

US$10.54  US$24.76

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Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?

Paperback

US$9.37  US$14.10

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An Almost English Life

Hardback

US$13.97  US$32.75

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Stonemouth

Paperback

US$4.88  US$18.00

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Country Girl

Hardback

US$18.94  US$44.25

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The Richard Burton Diaries

Hardback

US$27.31  US$35.00

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The Patagonian Hare

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US$10.30  US$12.87

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Three Lives

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US$21.79  US$32.00

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Ryszard Kapuscinski

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Counting One's Blessings

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US$19.45  US$40.59

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The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew

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US$38.30  US$55.00

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Antigonick

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US$13.85  US$33.75

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Ratburger

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US$13.00  US$16.74

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My Big Shouting Day

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US$7.31  US$13.25

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Maggot Moon

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US$11.29  US$17.19

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After

Paperback

US$6.66  US$15.25

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Rosie's Magic Horse

Hardback

US$11.97  US$28.75

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Genius Ideas (Mostly)

Paperback

US$7.08  US$15.25

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The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear

Hardback

US$15.25  US$23.70

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Ribblestrop Forever!

Paperback

US$6.60  US$11.01

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Son

Hardback

US$14.36  US$17.99

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The Raven Boys

Paperback

US$8.14  US$10.30

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Every Day

Hardback

US$13.48  US$17.99

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How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel: Book 10

Paperback

US$8.90  US$9.50

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The Game in the Dark

Hardback

US$10.08  US$12.95

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LEGO Friends Brickmaster

Mixed media product

US$26.04

Bitter Blood

Paperback

US$12.14  US$12.89

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The Secret of the Fortune Wookie: Bk. 3

Paperback

US$9.15  US$9.37

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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Hardback

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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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US$12.77  US$24.25

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The Abominables

Hardback

US$15.04  US$24.00

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The Hunger Games Trilogy Classic (Box Set)

Paperback

US$23.67  US$32.22

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Superworm

Hardback

US$12.95  US$24.00

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Goblins

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US$6.31  US$15.50

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LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia

Hardback

US$16.02  US$33.25

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The Moomins and the Great Flood

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US$9.38  US$16.15

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Vegan Eats World

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US$30.03  US$35.00

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Secrets of Eclairs

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US$8.43  US$19.76

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Come in We're Closed

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US$26.10  US$35.00

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Bouchon Bakery

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US$35.58  US$50.00

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Scandilicious Baking

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US$21.25  US$34.95

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Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

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US$25.01  US$57.24

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Pastry

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US$21.65  US$44.50

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Faviken

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US$40.39  US$59.95

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Honestly Healthy

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US$16.68  US$34.95

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Wahaca - Mexican Food at Home

Hardback

US$28.25  US$32.95

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Modernist Cuisine

Hardback

US$106.55  US$140.00

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Every Grain of Rice

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US$26.57  US$53.75

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Hugh's Three Good Things

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US$38.74  US$42.00

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The Hairy Dieters

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US$14.39  US$23.22

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Jerusalem

Hardback

US$29.87  US$42.24

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Leon Family & Friends: Book 4

Hardback

US$23.79  US$39.67

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Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course

Hardback

US$27.58  US$54.74

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The Kitchen Diaries II

Hardback

US$30.13  US$65.50

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People's Pops

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US$12.72  US$16.99

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Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones

Hardback

US$18.14  US$24.99

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Cake

Hardback

US$26.57  US$55.00

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The Modern Vegetarian

Paperback

US$21.39  US$23.61

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Dirt Candy: a Cookbook

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US$14.77  US$19.99

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The Lebanese Kitchen

Hardback

US$29.73  US$49.95

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How to Bake

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US$24.95  US$39.95

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Great British Bake off

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US$22.27  US$22.98

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Limoncello and Linen Water

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US$24.56  US$32.22

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Prashad Cookbook

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US$23.76  US$39.95

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Salt Sugar Smoke

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US$21.95  US$43.49

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The Little Paris Kitchen

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US$21.34  US$44.00

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The Sprouted Kitchen

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US$18.24  US$25.00

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The Cake Decorating Bible

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US$23.97  US$35.95

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Kate

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US$56.55  US$85.00

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Kylie / Fashion

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US$30.50  US$45.27

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Hollywood Costume

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US$39.11  US$77.24

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Tim Walker: Story Teller

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US$51.05  US$99.26

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What are You Looking At?

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US$19.78  US$31.29

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Instant

Paperback

US$13.14  US$24.95

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Lomo Life: The Future is Analogue

Hardback

US$37.13  US$45.00

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Paris in Colour

Hardback

US$14.03  US$19.95

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Textiles

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US$70.98  US$95.00

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A Graphic Cosmogony

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US$22.67  US$29.95

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Seduced by Art

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US$49.99  US$50.00

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Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air

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US$46.06  US$69.99

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Yayoi Kusama

Hardback

US$50.13  US$75.00

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Forever

Hardback

US$42.82  US$49.95

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Infographica

Paperback

US$9.42  US$16.12

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Mark Hearld's Work Book

Hardback

US$33.48  US$50.00

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The Sartorialist: Closer

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US$20.12  US$30.00

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Death

Hardback

US$27.99

Information is Beautiful

Hardback

US$24.59  US$32.22

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Advanced Style

Hardback

US$25.32  US$35.00

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Vogue: The Editor's Eye

Hardback

US$44.47  US$80.00

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Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

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US$48.26  US$68.00

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Lichtenstein

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US$10.94  US$10.95

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The English Cathedral

Hardback

US$80.67  US$85.00

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The Queen's Diamonds

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US$64.41  US$95.00

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The Art of Halo 4

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US$26.06  US$34.95

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Postcards from Vogue

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US$14.37  US$25.00

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Dancers Among Us

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US$11.73  US$17.95

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Black White & Colour

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US$10.04  US$16.95

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Knit Your Own Zombie

Paperback

US$8.80  US$26.25

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Best in Show

Hardback

US$12.90  US$28.25

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Northern Knits Gifts

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US$11.71  US$22.95

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Literary Knits

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US$17.77  US$22.99

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Little Stitches

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US$18.88  US$26.95

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Really Wild Tea Cosies

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US$13.57  US$19.95

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Making an Impression

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US$13.34  US$21.95

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Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece

Paperback

US$19.28  US$26.95

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Evil Knits

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US$13.80  US$22.00

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The Gentle Art of Stitching

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US$23.33  US$27.95

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Circular Knitting Workshop

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US$17.13  US$24.95

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Cast on, Bind Off

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US$11.60  US$16.95

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Recraft

Paperback

US$28.96

Everything Oz

Paperback

US$15.79  US$23.49

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Chic on a Shoestring

Paperback

US$23.94  US$33.51

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The Crafter's Guide to Papercutting

Paperback

US$13.66  US$28.75

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Mollie Makes Christmas

Hardback

US$13.34  US$22.26

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Animal Hats

Paperback

US$13.18  US$32.75

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Granny Chic

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US$19.52  US$24.95

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Crochet Bakemono [monsters!]

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US$11.17  US$17.95

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The Art of Handmade Living

Hardback

US$18.89  US$24.95

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Cath Kidston: The Collection

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US$32.10  US$66.25

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Craft-a-day

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US$23.29  US$24.95

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