A Life Too Short
The Tragedy of Robert Enke
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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.
A must read
A very sad but mandatory read
An amazing insight
An amazing insight into this awful illness. Thanks must go to Robert's family for allowing this deeply personal book to be written. I'm sure it will help everyone who reads it to better understand depression or encourage them to seek help if they are suffering.
It's not that often that I read a book and come away thinking I have read such a profound piece of work as this. The way in which it is written and the personal nature of the story kept me immersed to the point I actually felt I knew Robert Enke. Furthermore, the book had an effect of making me reflect on my own life, my own virtues and the fragility of our existence. It is extremely sad that a man who to the outside world appeared to have everything, was so tortured by his own demons.
RIP Robert Enke