A Magazine Wants to Include Contributions From Its Readers

A magazine wants to include contributions from its readers for an article called “The book that influenced me most”.

Write a letter to the editor of the magazine about the book that influenced you most. In your letter

  • describe what this book was about
  • explain how this book influenced you
  • say whether this book would be likely to influence other people

This formal letter question is from Cambridge IELTS 16 General Training Test 3 Writing Task 1.

Sample Letter 191 Words

Dear Sir or Madam, 

I am writing to you regarding your magazine article called ‘the book that influenced me most’. I would dearly love to have my opinion about ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ included. This book is about an elderly man in World War II in England. He takes a young, rescued boy into his house to take care of him. In the beginning, the old man is grumpy and resentful. However, the boy and the man strike up a long friendship. 

This book was a major influence on my life. It gave me a deeper respect for my friends. War stories carry emotions which the reader can connect with through the problems their friends face in life. As a result, I can sympathise with my friend’s tragedies in a similar way to the traumas in the book. 

I believe that this book will help influence people who are too young and ignorant. They will learn about the value of friendship and to treat older people with admiration and decency. Finally, young people will connect war with pain and hopefully always try to find a resolution in life. 

Yours sincerely,

Adam Cooks

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