Letter Sample #166 – A magazine wants to include contributions from its readers

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 166

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,


Model Answer:

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is indeed an excellent opportunity for me to be able to contribute something to your magazine’s article called “The book that influenced me most”. The book, which I wanted to share my thoughts about, is titled “A very ordinary life”, written by one of the relatively “unknown” female writers of the 20th century, called “Phyllis Knight”. The book proved out to be one of the most inspirational stories for me.

This book tells us the story of a German-born woman, who immigrated to Canada sometime between the Great Wars. She was a simple woman who never invented anything or started any socio-political movements. She was neither a celebrity nor anything special. She was just an ordinary woman, trying to scratch out a living for herself and her small family. But the story takes us into the depth of a time when life was much different. Her effort in life makes her and the story extraordinary!

I found this woman’s story really inspirational, in how she faced the hardest and most oppressive of times with steadfast resolve, perseverance, and defiance. Even in the final years of her life, when almost everything was taken away from her, she managed to find beauty and humour in the world. I am pretty sure that this book would influence others also because it teaches how to survive even under the most trying circumstances.

I hope you would include this book and my writing in your article. Thanks in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Linda Harper

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