A blind author who didn't realise her pen had run out has been saved after police officers used forensic techniques to recover her words.
Trish Vickers, 59, was devastated to learn that the first 26 pages of her book were blank, reports the media.
She lost her sight seven years ago through diabetes and decided to write a novel to keep her mind active.
Mrs Vickers couldn't wait for her son Simon to visit so he could read her opening chapters back to her. But when he arrived he had to tell her the pages were blank.
Incredibly, however, the manuscript was recovered after the family took it to their local police HQ and asked for help.
Forensic experts worked in their spare time to read the indentations left on the A4 pages using a system of lights.
It took five months of painstaking work, but the forensic team was able to recover the whole text - and they said how much they had enjoyed it and couldn't wait for the rest.
Mrs Vickers, from Charmouth, near Lyme Regis, Dorset, now intends to complete the novel, called Grannifer's Legacy.
She said: "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."