A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke (Hardback)
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A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 29/09/2011
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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. Viewed from the outside, Enke had it all. Here was a professional goalkeeper who had played for a string of Europe's top clubs including Jose Mourinho's Benfica and Louis Van Gaal's Barcelona. Enke was destined to be his country's first choice for years to come. But beneath the bright veneer of success lay a darker story. In "A Life Too Short", award-winning writer Ronald Reng pieces together the puzzle of his lost friend's life. Reng brings into sharp relief the specific demands and fears faced by those who play top-level sport. Heartfelt, but never sentimental he tells the universal tragedy of a talented man's struggles against his own demons.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224091657
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 538 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An intensely moving book that transcends football" -- Raphael Honigstein, Guardian "Deeply affecting" -- Ian Hawkey Sunday Times "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

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Hardback

“A poignant tale of friendship and tragedy. Wonderful writing.”

Robert Enke hoped to write his life story with his good friend Ronald Reng. Tragically Reng was left with the task of writing the book alone after Enke took his own life after battling severe depression throughout... More

“A beautiful sad story, of a special man and player”

Couldn't put it down.
Robert Enke was a football player, a goalkeeper, but don't be fooled that this book will only appeal to football fans. In this book the sport plays a secondary role, it's mainly... More

Paperback edition
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“Devastingly important book”

Just to say this is an out and out five star read. An eloquent, measured and very moving account of the life of a deeply troubled elite sportsman who simply found the pressure of performing and of pleasing others too... More

Paperback edition
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