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GT Task 1: A magazine wants to include contributions from its readers

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

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

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Sample Answer: 

Dear Sir or Madam,

A recent announcement in your magazine for an upcoming article of yours, titled “The book that influenced me most”, has motivated me to write a few words about a book that had influenced my thoughts very significantly.

The book was about how a person from a very “humble” family background eventually became the president of a country. It was more like a “biography”, and the author, and also the main character in the book, so beautifully wrote about his struggles and life experience before reaching the pinnacle of success. The book also has many motivating stories and pieces of useful advice.

Until I read the book, I had a habit of virtually blaming anything and everything around me for the bad or negative things that were happening to me. As a result of this, I couldn’t really see my own shortcomings or my faults that were hindering my success. But, after reading that book, I finally got a chance to look at myself – my own negative thoughts and behaviour problems that are – and thereby changing my overall outlook on the world and people around me. 

So, it was a great book indeed, and if it could change a negative person like me, it sure could change many others as well. 

I hope you would mention this book in your article.

Yours faithfully,

Anjali Prabhakar.

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