As the 30th anniversary of Japan's worst aviation accident approaches, the father of the sole British victim is hoping a new book will ensure the disaster is remembered for generations to come.

Peter Mathews, who lost his son, Kimble, in the crash, has provided extensive notes to academic and writer Christopher Hood in order to reconstruct a vivid and moving account of how he coped in the days and months following the accident.

Hood uses Mathews' diary entries, photos plus detailed interviews to chronicle the traumatic process of recovering the remains of his son and his Japanese girlfriend, Masako Nishiguchi, who was also among the 520 victims of the Japan Airlines crash on Aug. 12, 1985.