Seven years ago, Trish Vickers lost her sight to diabetes, and turned to writing for solace. Using a system of rubber bands to keep her lines straight, she began writing a novel in longhand. Each week, her son, Simon, would visit and read back the manuscript pages, and then a volunteer would type them up.
When Simon made his weekly visit after a particularly fecund period of writing activity, his mother handed him 26 blank manuscript pages. Trish’s pen had run out of ink, and all that was left were the indentations on the page. Here’s what happened next:
The family considered various options before trying the police. Miss Vickers, who used to run a gift shop, said: “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.”
The officer spent her spare time salvaging the work using lights tilted to read the impression made by her pen. When she had finished, she even told Miss Vickers she loved the story and could not wait to read the next part.
Miss Vickers intends to send the novel, called Grannifer’s Legacy, to a publisher. She said: “I have always been interested in writing, I have one of those strange imaginations that runs riot. The police were brilliant and I can’t thank them enough.”
A Dorset police spokesman said a member of staff had completed the work during her lunch hours.