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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 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.
‘It should be on every British football fan's reading list’ Metro
"One of the most remarkable sports books ever written... A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke... stands as the definite work on mental illness in football" Sam Wallace Daily Telegraph
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
"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 Telegraph