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 1. Describe what this book was about 2. Explain how this book influenced you 3. Say whether this book would be likely to influence other people

Dear Sir, I am writing
letter in reference to a request
that is
made in the National newspaper about contributions from its readers for an article, as I am interested in contributing about the facts in a
that had an influence on me. Beginning with the
was written in the 1990s, and it was about the transformation of a country from a third-world status to a first-world status during a span of one generation.
, it outlines the importance of governing a country based on the MPH formula - Meritocracy, Pragmatism and Honesty. As much as I have enjoyed reading
, it
had an influence on my personal life as well.
has assisted me in realizing the benefits of recruiting the correct person to do the job at work, and not being biased based on emotions or personal preferences.
quality has helped me to manage my teams in an effective way. Thereby, gaining the respect among the peers that I associate with. Touching the essence of
has impacted many individuals in a positive way because of the building blocks that it highlights which are necessary to develop as a person starting from scratch.
, writing about
in your article would allow you to carry the essence of
to a larger community. I look forward to hearing from you, and if you need any
information, please do not hesitate to contact me, as I will be pleased to supply it. Yours faithfully, Isuru Bandara
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coherence cohesion
Ensure that each paragraph presents a distinct idea or aspect and that transitions between paragraphs are clear and logical, enhancing readability.
task achievement
Aim to fully develop your ideas within each paragraph, providing detailed examples and explanations that illustrate how the book influenced you personally and potentially others.

Word Count

IELTS says that you should write a minimum of 150 words in writing task 1. If you go under word count you will lose marks in task response.

A very long letter will not give you a higher band score.

Aim for between 160 to 190 words in writing task 1. This will ensure a concise letter and will be realistic in terms of time management. You have only 20 minutes to write the letter and you need around 5 minutes of planning time, so you will not be able to write a long letter in 15 minutes.

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Topic Vocabulary:
  • influenced
  • contributions
  • readers
  • 'The Alchemist'
  • Paulo Coelho
  • embarks
  • journey
  • personal legend
  • valuable
  • life lessons
  • inspiring
  • pursue
  • themes
  • following one's heart
  • seeking adventure
  • embracing the unknown
  • resonate
  • wide range
  • potential
  • inspire
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