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$7.53  US$15.50

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The House of Rumour

Hardback

US$15.56  US$39.25

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Threats

Paperback

US$12.66  US$14.00

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The Lighthouse

Paperback

US$15.95  US$19.99

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Care of Wooden Floors

Paperback

US$7.41  US$17.50

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Flight Behaviour

Hardback

US$18.79  US$42.74

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The Art of Fielding

Paperback

US$8.90  US$19.99

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Me Before You

Paperback

US$8.43  US$15.24

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Stranger Magic

Paperback

US$27.67  US$30.70

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Merivel

Hardback

US$19.03  US$23.37

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The Casual Vacancy

Hardback

US$16.99  US$24.61

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Inland

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US$9.40  US$13.95

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Alone in the Classroom

Hardback

US$18.71  US$41.50

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The Flame Alphabet

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US$22.96  US$27.45

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The Girl on the Stairs

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The Teleportation Accident

Hardback

US$30.62  US$37.00

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Music 109

Hardback

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Grace

Hardback

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Drugs - Without the Hot Air

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Running with the Kenyans

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A Street Cat Named Bob

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US$7.28  US$12.54

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A History of Bombing

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US$7.31  US$19.50

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In Praise of Love

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US$7.15  US$28.75

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Queen Anne

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US$13.82  US$24.01

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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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US$9.93  US$24.50

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Titanic Lives

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US$9.78  US$22.00

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Strindberg

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US$28.94  US$45.00

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Through the Window

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Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?

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An Almost English Life

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Stonemouth

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US$8.50  US$18.00

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Country Girl

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US$9.52  US$44.25

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The Richard Burton Diaries

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US$14.35  US$35.00

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The Patagonian Hare

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US$9.83  US$12.29

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Three Lives

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US$21.05  US$32.00

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Every Love Story is a Ghost Story

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US$9.06  US$43.49

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Ryszard Kapuscinski

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Counting One's Blessings

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The Buddhas of Bamiyan

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Antigonick

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Ratburger

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My Big Shouting Day

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US$6.98  US$13.25

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Maggot Moon

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US$10.78  US$17.19

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After

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US$6.36  US$15.24

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Topsy Turvy Tales

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US$11.55  US$20.39

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Rosie's Magic Horse

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US$11.43  US$28.75

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Genius Ideas (Mostly)

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US$6.75  US$15.24

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The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear

Hardback

US$14.56  US$23.70

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Ribblestrop Forever!

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US$6.30  US$11.01

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Son

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The Raven Boys

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US$7.78  US$9.83

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Every Day

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

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US$6.82  US$11.01

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How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel: Book 10

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US$7.20  US$9.50

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The Game in the Dark

Hardback

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LEGO Friends Brickmaster

Mixed media product

US$26.34

Bitter Blood

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US$8.59  US$12.89

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Nitty Winnie

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US$4.97  US$24.95

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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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US$15.21  US$24.01

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The Hunger Games Trilogy Classic (Box Set)

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US$22.60  US$30.76

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Superworm

Hardback

US$12.37  US$24.01

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Goblins

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US$6.03  US$15.50

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LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia

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US$15.29  US$33.25

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The Moomins and the Great Flood

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US$8.96  US$16.16

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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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Polpo

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US$25.69  US$54.49

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Bouchon Bakery

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US$31.31  US$50.00

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Scandilicious Baking

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US$34.94  US$34.96

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Jamie's 15-Minute Meals

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US$24.55  US$57.25

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Pastry

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US$20.67  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$15.92  US$34.96

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Wahaca - Mexican Food at Home

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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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US$38.40  US$42.01

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The Hairy Dieters

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US$12.64  US$23.22

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Jerusalem

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US$28.52  US$42.24

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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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US$19.92  US$43.75

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The Kitchen Diaries II

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US$28.77  US$65.49

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People's Pops

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US$12.75  US$16.99

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Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones

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Cake

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US$25.37  US$55.00

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The Modern Vegetarian

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US$13.50  US$23.61

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Dirt Candy: a Cookbook

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US$13.98  US$19.99

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The Lebanese Kitchen

Hardback

US$34.53  US$49.95

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How to Bake

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Limoncello and Linen Water

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Prashad Cookbook

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US$20.86  US$39.95

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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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US$17.41  US$25.00

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The Cake Decorating Bible

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Kate

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US$53.83  US$85.00

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Kylie / Fashion

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US$29.12  US$45.27

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Hollywood Costume

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US$37.34  US$77.24

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Tim Walker: Story Teller

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US$48.02  US$99.24

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What are You Looking At?

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Instant

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US$16.22  US$24.95

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Lomo Life: The Future is Analogue

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US$36.74  US$45.00

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Paris in Colour

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Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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US$34.99  US$35.00

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

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US$39.94  US$39.95

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Textiles

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US$90.30  US$95.00

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A Graphic Cosmogony

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US$20.58  US$29.95

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Seduced by Art

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Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air

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Yayoi Kusama

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US$54.80  US$75.01

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Forever

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US$37.42  US$49.95

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Infographica

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US$8.26  US$16.12

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Mark Hearld's Work Book

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US$40.12  US$50.00

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The Sartorialist: Closer

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US$19.21  US$30.00

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Death

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US$26.06

Information is Beautiful

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US$23.48  US$30.76

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Advanced Style

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US$23.96  US$35.00

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Vogue: The Editor's Eye

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US$47.99  US$80.00

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Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

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US$28.79  US$68.00

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Lichtenstein

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US$10.95

The Queen's Diamonds

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US$55.53  US$95.00

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The Art of Halo 4

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US$24.88  US$34.96

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Postcards from Vogue

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US$13.53  US$25.00

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Dancers Among Us

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US$12.28  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

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US$8.21  US$26.24

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Best In Show

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US$12.27  US$28.25

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Northern Knits Gifts

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US$7.32  US$22.95

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Literary Knits

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US$18.03  US$23.00

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Little Stitches

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US$18.74  US$26.95

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Really Wild Tea Cosies

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US$13.94  US$19.94

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Making an Impression

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US$13.09  US$21.95

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Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece

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US$21.37  US$26.95

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Evil Knits

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US$13.18  US$22.00

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The Gentle Art of Stitching

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US$27.94  US$27.95

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Circular Knitting Workshop

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US$17.63  US$24.95

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Cast on, Bind Off

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US$11.39  US$16.95

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Recraft

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US$27.65

Everything Oz

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US$13.62  US$23.49

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Chic on a Shoestring

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US$23.94  US$33.50

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The Crafter's Guide to Papercutting

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US$13.03  US$28.75

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Mollie Makes Christmas

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US$16.00  US$22.25

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Animal Hats

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US$12.59  US$32.75

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Granny Chic

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US$24.68  US$24.95

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Crochet Bakemono [monsters!]

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US$14.79  US$17.95

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The Art of Handmade Living

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US$21.63  US$24.95

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

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US$30.65  US$66.24

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Craft-a-day

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