A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke

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Random House, Sep 29, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

About the Book
The Snap
Defeats Are His Victory
The City of Light
Ever Further Ever Higher
Novelda
Wrapped in
The Holiday Island
There is Robert There is No Goal
Afterwards
Leila
The Black
The Cheerfulness of Xylophones Silenced
The View of the Palace
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About the author (2011)

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 Awards

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