An aspiring novelist lost five years’ of work when thieves stole his laptop during a break-in at his Hallaton home.
Remi Mowla (28) was just 30 pages away from completing his novel and has been left devastated by the theft, his family told the Mail.
The English literature graduate had been working on the book - the subject of which he had kept a closely guarded secret - for five years and had written about 400 pages.
The Apple MacBook Pro laptop on which it was written was taken, along with expensive jewellery and watches, from the Mowla’s home in Medbourne Road, Hallaton.
Remi’s dad Masoud Mowla said his son was too upset to speak about the incident.
He said: “He’s absolutely devastated. He can’t cope with it, he’s so upset. I think it will take him a few months to get his head around it.
“I’m not saying it was going to be a masterpiece but to put that much into it - it was so precious to him but is worth nothing to anyone else.”
The family has offered a £2,000 reward for any information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible and the return of the laptop.
Police are appealing for information about the break-in - which happened between midday and 3pm on Saturday, October 19.
Det Cons Peter Lockey said: “The victim is very keen to get it back and is offering a reward for its return and any information which leads to the arrest of those responsible.
“Two men were seen around 5pm on October 19 walking from the direction of Sutton Bassett into Market Harborough and one of them was wearing a hi-visibility jacket. We would appeal to anyone who saw these men or the men themselves to contact us so we can eliminate them from our enquiries.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 101, using ID number 1191 to leave a message.