Letter Sample #15 – You lent your favourite book to a friend

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 15

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A year ago, you lent your favourite book to a friend who you thought would enjoy it. Unfortunately, your friend has forgotten to return it. The book has sentimental value to you as it had been presented by your grandmother.

Write a letter to your friend. In the letter:

  • ask how he or she is doing
  • remind him/her about the book
  • explain why you need it back

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………,

Model Answer 1:

Dear Warner,

It’s been ages since I have last received your letter. How are you and what are you doing these days? I hope you are doing great.

Last week, I had a conversation with one of my colleagues regarding the movie ‘The Great Gatsby’ and that reminded me of a similar discussion we had about the book with the same title. I told you how much I enjoyed F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ and insisted you to read it. Next day, I lent it to you. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I did.

This book was a birthday gift from my late grandmother, whom I loved dearly. I would like to have it with me as long as I can as it reminds me of her love and affection for me. I hope it would not be much trouble for you to courier the book to my home address at your convenience.

Please convey my best wishes to your parents and wife. I am hoping that we can meet someday and enjoy some time together. You are invited to visit my house anytime you like.

Warm regards,


Model Answer 2:

Dear Amy,

How is your life? It has been a while since I heard from you last time. I also hope that you are still enjoying reading storybooks and novels. Anyway, I just wanted to give you a friendly reminder about the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee, that was lent to you about a year ago. It is a great book, and I am pretty sure you have enjoyed reading it just like me.

Anyway, I was just wondering if I could get that book back at a convenient time of yours since it has been with you for quite some time. In case if you were wondering, I have some great memories associated with this book. This book was read to me, as a classic storyteller for all ages, by my grandmother during my childhood. In fact, if my memory serves me well, it was my grandmother who bought this book and gave it to me as a gift on my 7th birthday. Besides, this is the first novel that I read after I had learnt to read and write properly. So, once again, I would really like to get that book back.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Warm wishes,


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