English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|Dear Mr. Hornby,
Hi my name is Kyle Ryan and I am a student who attends Catholic Memorial high school in Boston
Massachusetts. I am a tenth grade student and I am currently taking a British Literature course. For
the first term we are studying British authors and I came upon your name quite by accident, as I was
watching the movie “Fever Pitch” on television and noticed your name in the movie credits. After
doing some research, I was totally impressed by the many awards you have received for work. The
William Hill Sports Book of the Year, the E. M. Forster Award, and the WH Smith Award for Fiction,
is kind of like winning the triple crown of baseball.
I have also read that your son Danny has autism and you are the co-founder of Tree House, which is
a chariable school for severely auticitc children in London where your son had attended as a
student. Personaly I can relate to you because my cousin Matthew a person I love is autictc and my
family, like yours does, charitable work on behalf autictic children in Boston.
Even though I am not very fimilair with all your work, I found a fictional book by the name of “How
to be Good” that you had written. What struck me was your outlook on compassion, morality and
familial, social responsibility. One particular passage that I have found started off like, “I am in
a car park in Leeds when I tell my husband I don't want to be married to him anymore. David
isn't even in the car park with me. He's at home, looking after the kids, and I have only
called him to remind him that he should write a note for Molly's class teacher” your character,
Katie Carr who finds her self in an desperate and empty situation that is all to real in today’s
world. But it is Katie’s husband David who changes his live style from a sarcastic self-opportunist,
to an overall good person who adopts the pure thoughts of life and does the unthinkable by giving
away his worldly belongings. Truly everyone will read your book finds this quite humorous.
What I truly would like to know is if you would like to come to Catholic Memorial, to share with my
British Literature classmates some of the passages, your thoughts and ideas about conflict and
desires. I would like them to experience the presence of a real British author, one who is very
talented and evidently loves what he does for a living. I look forward to hearing from you and hope
you will consider my invitation. I think we will both would greatly benefit from the experience.
Thank you for your time and I hope someway or another that you can make it to Boston.
On the 25th of April 1917, a famous British poet
known for his shocking, realistic war poetry
The English language, has come a long way, and
has rapidly developed into the one of the most spoken