A Life Too Short
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A Life Too Short : The Tragedy of Robert Enke

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WINNER OF THE 2011 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER OF THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2012 FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR Why does an international footballer with the world at his feet decide to take his own life? On 10 November 2009 the German national goalkeeper, Robert Enke, stepped in front of a passing train. He was thirty-two years old and a devoted husband and father. Enke had played for a string of Europe's top clubs, including Barcelona and Jose Mourinho's Benfica and was destined to become his country's first choice in goal for years to come. But beneath the veneer of success, Enke battled with crippling depression. Award-winning writer Ronald Reng pieces together the puzzle of his friend's life, shedding valuable light on the crushing pressures endured by professional sportsmen and on life at the top clubs. At its heart, Enke's tragedy is a universal story of a man struggling against his demons.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 34mm | 379.99g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • YELLOW JERSEY PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • ports.
  • 0224091662
  • 9780224091664
  • 90,338

About Ronald Reng

Ronald Reng is the highly-acclaimed author of The Keeper of Dreams: One Man's Controversial Story of Life in the English Premiership (Yellow Jersey Press), which won Biography of the Year at the 2004 British Sports Book Awardsshow more

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"An intensely moving book that transcends football" -- Raphael Honigstein, Guardian "A tragic book, but a brilliant one. Reng's is one of the best sports books to have been published in years" Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung "This is a powerful book which transcends football." Sport Magazine "Deeply affecting" -- Matt Dickinson The Times "Moving...after reading it, I felt I not only understood depression a little better but also determined never again to believe the myth of the sporting superman, impervious to criticism or pressure" -- Sarah Crompton Daily Telegraphshow more

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‘An intensely moving book that transcends football’ Guardian Why does an international footballer with the world at his feet decide to take his own life? On 10 November 2009 the German national goalkeeper, Robert Enke, stepped in front of a passing train. He was thirty-two years old, a devoted husband and father. Enke had played for a string of Europe’s top clubs, including Barcelona and José Mourinho’s Benfica, and was destined to become his country’s first choice in goal for years to come. But beneath the veneer of success, Enke battled with crippling depression. Award-winning writer Ronald Reng pieces together the puzzle of his friend’s life, shedding valuable light on the crushing pressures endured by professional sportsmen and on life at the top clubs. At its heart, Enke’s tragedy is a universal story of a man struggling against his demons. ‘Moving…after reading it, I felt I not only understood depression a little better but also determined never again to believe the myth of the sporting superman, impervious to criticism or pressure’ Daily Telegraph ‘Deeply affecting’ Sunday Timesshow more