Well, I've just finished the Cambridge PET course (surprisingly, I was awarded with "pass with distinction") and now I'm studying for the Cambridge FCE course. I realised that the abilities required to write essays in PET is far lesser than FCE. In PET, we merely have a compulsory objective on writing an informal letter (around 30 words) and another objective to choose among two given choices (a short story and also an informal letter, around 100 words).
I have this book "IGCSE English as a Second Language" by Alison Digger, and this is probably the best letters writing book I have ever had. I like the fact that the book places huge emphasis on Informal and Formal letters (though, it still has little information other kinds of writings (articles & reviews), but I personally think it's not sufficient). The book explains step by step and points out common blunders made by candidates and also provides ample of essay examples.
Back to the original topic, I'm now looking for writing books which consist of really helpful information that might assist me in scoring Grade A in Cambridge FCE and CAE. To clear ambiguity, I would only like books which provide the following information (apologies if I sound too critical).
- Essay (part 1 in the writing papers of FCE and CAE) (I'm really weak in this particular area)
- (Formal/Informal) letter or email