A Life too Short – The Tragedy of Robert Enke (2011)

The all too real biography outlines the life and career of Robert Enke who at the pinnacle of his career took his own life after battling with depression for the greater part of his professional football career.

Friend and journalist Ronald Reng, who befriended Enke while living in Barcelona at the same time Enke played for footballing powerhouse FC Barcelona, wrote the biography they both joked about writing together one day. The biography covers the career of the well-traveled Enke, highlighting his success and turmoil in the Bundesliga with Hannover 96 and his resurgence as the starting goalkeeper for the Die Mannschaft (German national team) leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

His personal life and inner battle with depression is retold through the diaries he would often write in on trips while representing his club and country. His untimely death came as a shock to everyone he had associated with, as he and his family concealed the ongoing inner battle. Battling through the death of his daughter Lara, who suffered from a heart condition from birth, Enke would struggle to deal with dips in performance and the scrutiny that comes along with a not performing to the standards others place. The book can ultimately be seen as a symbolic reference of the last line of defense versus the obstacles we must overcome in our quest for triumph and happiness in life.

Upon being published it would go on to collect numerous accolades, including the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award in 2011 while creating a new topic of discussion in the inner battles professional athletes endure.

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