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A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke

A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke

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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.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: sportSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationFootball or Soccer incl Association football Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 29/09/2011 ISBN-13: 9780224091657  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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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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After the bewildering death of Gary Speed, this William Hill prizewinner is all the more poignant, shedding light upon the 'supermen' of Sport who have to hide their shortcomings and exposing a disease which is rife but shamefully buried in this high-performance world. An artful telling of Robert Enke's struggle expressed through words drenched in sorrow, which still manages to retain a stance of composed reverie throughout. This also covers the reunification of Germany and how that affected its citizens in a myriad of physical and emotional ways. A worthy winner of 2012's top sports book prize. - Benjamin

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 21/03/2012


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