Winner of the Best Football Book at the British Sports Book Awards 2012.
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.
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
Publication date: 29/09/2011
Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||29th September 2011|
|Publisher:||Yellow Jersey Press an imprint of Vintage|
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 AwardsMore About Ronald Reng