A blind woman who did not know the novel she was writing was blank after her pen ran out of ink has thanked police who used forensic techniques to recover the words.
Experts were able to identify what Trish Vickers had written by examining the dents she had made on the pages.
Mrs Vickers (59), who lost her sight seven years ago through diabetes, was devastated to be told she had written nothing on the first 26 pages of the book as her pen had ran out of ink.
The manuscript was recovered after she asked police near her Dorset home for help. A forensic expert from the force worked in their spare time to read the indentations left on the A4 pages using a system of lights.
Mrs Vickers told the Daily Telegraph: "We battled with various ideas until we thought of the police. We rang them and asked to speak to their fingerprint section.
"They said if there was anything they could do they'd be happy to help. I was gobsmacked.
"I am so happy, pleased and grateful. It was really, really nice of them and I want to thank them for helping me out."