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$8.04  US$15.50

Save US$7.46

The House of Rumour

Hardback

US$18.07  US$39.25

Save US$21.18

Threats

Paperback

US$9.59  US$14.00

Save US$4.41

The Lighthouse

Paperback

US$11.31  US$20.00

Save US$8.69

Care of Wooden Floors

Paperback

US$7.75  US$17.50

Save US$9.75

Flight Behaviour

Hardback

US$20.06  US$42.75

Save US$22.69

The Art of Fielding

Paperback

US$9.67  US$20.00

Save US$10.33

Me Before You

Paperback

US$9.37  US$15.25

Save US$5.88

Stranger Magic

Paperback

US$29.02  US$30.70

Save US$1.68

Merivel

Hardback

US$20.32  US$29.71

Save US$9.39

Inland

Paperback

US$13.95

The Girl on the Stairs

Hardback

US$15.57  US$22.93

Save US$7.36

The Teleportation Accident

Hardback

US$33.03  US$37.00

Save US$3.97

Grace

Hardback

US$31.69  US$55.74

Save US$24.05

Drugs Without the Hot Air

Paperback

US$14.08  US$19.95

Save US$5.87

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Paperback

US$11.43  US$20.25

Save US$8.82

Running with the Kenyans

Paperback

US$14.53  US$33.00

Save US$18.47

A Street Cat Named Bob

Paperback

US$8.16  US$12.54

Save US$4.38

A History of Bombing

Paperback

US$7.80  US$19.51

Save US$11.71

In Praise Of Love

Paperback

US$7.63  US$28.75

Save US$21.12

Queen Anne

Paperback

US$15.04  US$24.00

Save US$8.96

Pete Townshend: Who I Am

Hardback

US$12.48  US$44.50

Save US$32.02

Sightlines

Paperback

US$8.41  US$20.00

Save US$11.59

Dangerous Work

Hardback

US$26.59  US$39.52

Save US$12.93

Traces Remain

Paperback

US$11.11  US$14.83

Save US$3.72

Titanic Lives

Paperback

US$10.44  US$22.00

Save US$11.56

Strindberg

Hardback

US$30.89  US$45.00

Save US$14.11

Through the Window

Paperback

US$10.74  US$24.75

Save US$14.01

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Paperback

US$9.55  US$14.09

Save US$4.54

A Sense of Belonging

Hardback

US$14.24  US$32.75

Save US$18.51

Stonemouth

Paperback

US$6.57  US$17.99

Save US$11.42

Country Girl

Hardback

US$19.30  US$44.25

Save US$24.95

The Richard Burton Diaries

Hardback

US$27.15  US$35.00

Save US$7.85

The Patagonian Hare

Paperback

US$10.49  US$22.25

Save US$11.76

Three Lives

Hardback

US$22.21  US$32.00

Save US$9.79

Ryszard Kapuscinski

Hardback

US$23.56  US$34.95

Save US$11.39

Counting One's Blessings

Hardback

US$15.46  US$40.59

Save US$25.13

The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew

Hardback

US$46.60  US$55.00

Save US$8.40

Antigonick

Hardback

US$16.17  US$33.74

Save US$17.57

Ratburger

Hardback

US$13.25  US$17.06

Save US$3.81

My Big Shouting Day

Paperback

US$7.45  US$13.25

Save US$5.80

Maggot Moon

Hardback

US$11.51  US$17.19

Save US$5.68

After

Paperback

US$7.11  US$15.25

Save US$8.14

Rosie's Magic Horse

Hardback

US$12.20  US$28.75

Save US$16.55

Genius Ideas (mostly)

Paperback

US$6.66  US$15.25

Save US$8.59

The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear

Hardback

US$15.53  US$23.70

Save US$8.17

Ribblestrop Forever!

Paperback

US$10.98  US$11.01

Save US$0.03

Son

Hardback

US$14.36  US$17.99

Save US$3.63

The Raven Boys

Paperback

US$7.67  US$17.50

Save US$9.83

Every Day

Hardback

US$13.54  US$17.99

Save US$4.45

How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel

Paperback

US$8.16  US$9.50

Save US$1.34

The Game in the Dark

Hardback

US$12.92  US$12.95

Save US$0.03

LEGO Friends Brickmaster

Mixed media product

US$27.98  US$42.01

Save US$14.03

Bitter Blood

Paperback

US$12.85  US$12.89

Save US$0.04

The Secret of the Fortune Wookie: Bk. 3

Paperback

US$6.03  US$9.37

Save US$3.34

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Hardback

US$9.75  US$21.75

Save US$12.00

Templeton Twins Have an Idea

Hardback

US$12.82  US$16.98

Save US$4.16

Splendors and Glooms

Hardback

US$14.51  US$17.99

Save US$3.48

This Moose Belongs to Me

Hardback

US$13.02  US$24.25

Save US$11.23

The Abominables

Hardback

US$14.29  US$24.00

Save US$9.71

The Hunger Games Trilogy Classic (Box Set)

Paperback

US$24.27  US$32.84

Save US$8.57

Superworm PB

Hardback

US$12.18  US$24.00

Save US$11.82

Goblins

Paperback

US$12.10  US$15.50

Save US$3.40

The Moomins and the Great Flood

Hardback

US$9.56  US$16.16

Save US$6.60

Secrets of Eclairs

Hardback

US$8.59  US$19.76

Save US$11.17

Come In, We're Closed

Hardback

US$26.60  US$35.00

Save US$8.40

Bouchon Bakery

Hardback

US$36.27  US$50.00

Save US$13.73

Scandilicious Baking

Hardback

US$24.00  US$34.95

Save US$10.95

Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

Hardback

US$27.91  US$57.26

Save US$29.35

Pastry

Hardback

US$22.41  US$44.50

Save US$22.09

Faviken

Hardback

US$42.39  US$59.95

Save US$17.56

Honestly Healthy

Hardback

US$17.00  US$34.95

Save US$17.95

Wahaca - Mexican Food at Home

Hardback

US$27.19  US$32.96

Save US$5.77

Modernist Cuisine

Hardback

US$108.60  US$140.01

Save US$31.41

Every Grain of Rice

Hardback

US$27.08  US$53.75

Save US$26.67

Hugh's Three Good Things

Hardback

US$38.89  US$42.01

Save US$3.12

The Hairy Dieters

Paperback

US$14.67  US$23.22

Save US$8.55

Jerusalem

Hardback

US$29.53  US$42.24

Save US$12.71

Leon: Family & Friends

Hardback

US$24.25  US$39.67

Save US$15.42

Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course

Hardback

US$28.11  US$54.75

Save US$26.64

The Kitchen Diaries II

Hardback

US$30.71  US$49.76

Save US$19.05

People's Pops

Paperback

US$12.92  US$16.98

Save US$4.06

Sweet Cream And Sugar Cones

Hardback

US$20.24  US$25.00

Save US$4.76

Cake

Hardback

US$27.08  US$33.74

Save US$6.66

Dirt Candy

Paperback

US$13.78  US$19.99

Save US$6.21

The Lebanese Kitchen

Hardback

US$29.74  US$49.95

Save US$20.21

How to Bake

Hardback

US$23.92  US$39.94

Save US$16.02

The Great British Bake Off

Hardback

US$21.76  US$45.95

Save US$24.19

Limoncello and Linen Water

Hardback

US$25.04  US$32.84

Save US$7.80

Prashad Cookbook

Hardback

US$24.22  US$39.94

Save US$15.72

Salt Sugar Smoke

Hardback

US$22.79  US$33.74

Save US$10.95

The Little Paris Kitchen

Hardback

US$21.91  US$44.00

Save US$22.09

The Sprouted Kitchen

Hardback

US$18.59  US$25.00

Save US$6.41

The Cake Decorating Bible

Hardback

US$21.78  US$35.95

Save US$14.17

Kate

Hardback

US$56.51  US$85.00

Save US$28.49

Kylie / Fashion

Hardback

US$31.09  US$45.28

Save US$14.19

Hollywood Costume

Hardback

US$47.72  US$77.25

Save US$29.53

Tim Walker: Story Teller

Hardback

US$68.83  US$99.25

Save US$30.42

What are You Looking At?

Hardback

US$21.07  US$31.29

Save US$10.22

Instant

Paperback

US$16.75  US$24.96

Save US$8.21

Lomo Life: The Future is Analogue

Hardback

US$32.47  US$45.00

Save US$12.53

Paris in Color

Hardback

US$11.59  US$19.95

Save US$8.36

Textiles

Hardback

US$65.45  US$95.01

Save US$29.56

The Graphic Cosmogony

Hardback

US$25.47  US$29.95

Save US$4.48

Seduced by Art

Hardback

US$31.90  US$50.00

Save US$18.10

Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air

Hardback

US$47.72  US$70.00

Save US$22.28

Yayoi Kusama

Hardback

US$58.16  US$75.00

Save US$16.84

Forever

Hardback

US$42.77  US$49.95

Save US$7.18

Infographica

Paperback

US$9.60  US$16.12

Save US$6.52

Mark Hearld's Work Book

Hardback

US$31.71  US$50.00

Save US$18.29

The Sartorialist: Closer

Paperback

US$21.42  US$30.00

Save US$8.58

Death

Hardback

US$18.56  US$19.69

Save US$1.13

Information is Beautiful (New Edition)

Hardback

US$25.06  US$33.74

Save US$8.68

Advanced Style

Hardback

US$25.81  US$35.00

Save US$9.19

Vogue: The Editor's Eye

Hardback

US$45.33  US$80.01

Save US$34.68

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

Paperback

US$49.19  US$68.00

Save US$18.81

Lichtenstein

Paperback

US$10.85  US$10.95

Save US$0.10

The English Cathedral

Hardback

US$62.85  US$85.00

Save US$22.15

The Queen's Diamonds

Hardback

US$63.30  US$95.01

Save US$31.71

Awakening , The Art of Halo 4

Hardback

US$26.56  US$34.95

Save US$8.39

Postcards from Vogue

Hardback

US$15.93  US$25.00

Save US$9.07

Dancers Among Us

Paperback

US$11.95  US$17.96

Save US$6.01

Black White & Colour

Hardback

US$12.90  US$16.94

Save US$4.04

Knit Your Own Zombie

Paperback

US$8.97  US$26.24

Save US$17.27

Best In Show: 25 more dogs to knit

Hardback

US$13.10  US$28.25

Save US$15.15

Northern Knits Gifts

Paperback

US$12.04  US$22.95

Save US$10.91

Literary Knits

Paperback

US$17.84  US$22.99

Save US$5.15

Little Stitches

Paperback

US$18.95  US$26.95

Save US$8.00

Really Wild Tea Cosies

Paperback

US$13.57  US$19.95

Save US$6.38

Making an Impression

Paperback

US$15.14  US$21.95

Save US$6.81

Japanese Quilting Piece By Piece

Paperback

US$16.47  US$26.95

Save US$10.48

Evil Knits

Paperback

US$11.68  US$22.00

Save US$10.32

The Gentle Art of Stitching

Hardback

US$23.00  US$27.95

Save US$4.95

Circular Knitting Workshop

Paperback

US$17.76  US$24.96

Save US$7.20

Cast on, Bind Off

Paperback

US$10.15  US$16.94

Save US$6.79

Recraft

Paperback

US$20.20

Everything Oz

Paperback

US$12.91  US$23.49

Save US$10.58

The Crafter's Guide to Papercutting

Paperback

US$12.92  US$28.75

Save US$15.83

Mollie Makes Christmas

Hardback

US$12.44  US$22.25

Save US$9.81

Animal Hats

Paperback

US$13.44  US$32.75

Save US$19.31

Granny Chic

Paperback

US$17.44  US$24.96

Save US$7.52

Crochet Bakemono [monsters!]

Paperback

US$11.39  US$17.96

Save US$6.57

The Art of Handmade Living

Hardback

US$24.94  US$24.96

Save US$0.02

Craft-A-Day

Hardback

US$23.68  US$24.96

Save US$1.28