Ronald Reng wins William Hill Sports Book of the Year
29th November 2011
The 2011 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011 has been won by Ronald Reng for A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke.
Reng's biography of the former German national goalkeeper, who suffered from depression and committed suicide in 2009, was praised by the judges for being both sensitive and powerful and offering an insight into the life of the troubled star.
The author collects a GBP 23,000 prize and receives a free GBP 2,000 bet with the bookmaker, as well as a day at the races.
Graham Sharpe, co-founder of the William Hill prize, commented: 'Robert Enke was one of Germany's greatest goalkeepers and his tragic death shocked the world. Ronald Reng's intimate portrait – vivid, powerful and moving – is an outstanding piece of sportswriting and a very worthy winner of the prize.'
The book becomes the first translated title to win the award in its 23-year history and Reng said the honour fills him with a combination of happiness and melancholy, as he had originally intended to collaborate with Enke on what would have been an autobiography.
Reng was presented with the award by last winner's recipient, Brian Moore, who scooped the prize for his autobiography Beware of the Dog.