A Life Too Short

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A Life too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke
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AuthorRonald Reng
PublisherRandom House UK
Publication date
May 3, 2012
Media typePrint (Paperback)

A Life too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke is a 2012 biography by Ronald Reng about the Hannover 96 captain and Germany goalie Robert Enke, who committed suicide after six years of depression on 10 November 2009.


The book details the life of Robert Enke, particularly focusing on Enke's struggle with depression. Reng also focuses on his friendship with Enke, with whom he was supposed to co-write a biography.[1]


Critical reception for A Life too Short has been positive, with the book receiving the 2011 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.[2] The Guardian praised A Life too Short as "eloquent and sensitive",[3] and William Hill co-founder Graham Sharpe stated it was "an outstanding piece of sportswriting".[4]


  1. ^ Crompton, Sarah (27 September 2011). "Tragedy of goalkeeper Robert Enke's secret struggle". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. ^ Briggs, Simon (28 November 2011). "Ronaldo Reng's biography of German goalkeeper Robert Enke 'A Life Too Short' named Sports Book of the Year". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Eloquent and sensitive story does justice to Robert Enke and his illness". London: Guardian. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  4. ^ "A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke". New Statesman. Retrieved 24 February 2013.