Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $25.82

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Bold, brave and darkly funny, Come is the extraordinary story of Melbourne sex worker Rita Therese and the love, sex and death she has experienced in her life so far.

Two selves intertwine and it leaves you, in the dance room, making a decision that winged liner is just for work. Because you don't know which self you are looking at right now, which person you are. The song stops and you break out of your trance and ask if he'd like to extend....

Rita is an escort, one of the best in Australia. It all began on a whim at 18, after she rang the number on a sign looking for nude models. Always the outsider, she quickly learns the sex industry is comprised of many other people just like her and she becomes immersed in this world: the drugs, the late nights, the glamour, being an outcast, the attention and validation from men. Mostly she thrives on how taboo her life has become. Following significant personal tragedy and trauma, the line between Rita's sex worker persona Gia and her real self begins to blur in a seemingly endless loop of grief, work, sex, love and heartbreak.

In this achingly honest memoir, Rita learns that death and trauma do not always bring grand transformative experiences. Sometimes, in order to go forward, we have to write our own stories and choose to keep living. With its unflinching, compelling and darkly funny narrative, Come announces a fearless new talent in Australian writing.

©2020 Rita Therese (P)2020 W. F. Howes

Critic Reviews

"A riveting and unforgettable journey. Rita’s ability to take you from despair to laughter to depravity in seconds makes this book utterly addictive. Her words will stay with you like the memory of your first lust and first loss." (Nakkiah Liu)

What listeners say about Come

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    187
  • 4 Stars
    68
  • 3 Stars
    25
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    6
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    185
  • 4 Stars
    41
  • 3 Stars
    21
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    3
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    158
  • 4 Stars
    58
  • 3 Stars
    29
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    5

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

one person's story

I loved this book, I too have a history of escorting. I could relate to much of this book. I cried multiple times recounting my own emotions of how I felt during that time unable to balance the two identities. The only thing I did not love was that this is not an accurate representation of my experience in the industry. I don't feel that this accurately represents what the industry is like for most. I would urge readers to recognise that this is just one person's story. Her story, and an incredibly vulnerable and honest one at that. great book

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant story and exceptional narration!

A story that keeps you wanting more and honestly the best narration I've heard yet!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Peachy keen for Rita and Come

I loved the voice of Tamala , she read Rita’s work beautifully.
I’m a long time fan of Rita’s social media persona , she is captivating. The audio book was cool as I love her writing and style, raw talent.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Bloody Stunning

Such a beautiful, funny, cheeky, heart warming and sometimes breaking story. I laughed, cried, snorted and now am scrambling the internet for a hard copy.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Listened in 1 day

Really enjoyed this book. Like no other book I have listened to. Very interesting to hear the story of a girl in the sex industry and what their lives are really like. It was quite dark and raw in parts but very truthful. A talented writer and narrator.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Can’t believe how much I enjoyed this book

Laughed so much
so much information in such a storing Storycould not Press stop
If you enjoy a true story about someone’s experience in sex work ups and downs and everything in between this is definitely the book for you A true story about making the situation
Your own and and love in

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Dark and raw, sensual and fragile

Dark and raw, sensual and fragile. Rita writes so poetically. It skips through time sequences like a reflective journal. The narrators voice fits so perfectly and sounds so similar to Rita’s own, it made her feel so close. Finished it in 2 days. Can’t recommend enough.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Respectfully written and Enlightening

What a captivating life story.
Written with such rawness and honesty in such a respectful manner.
As a mother and woman the urgency of each experience was told was felt along with her

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Harrowing and relatable.

this story is told in such a matter of fact way which almost desensitises one from the pain the author is expressing. it perfectly embodies the feelings of ptsd and sex work and the desire to belonging from a perspective rarely heard. touching. harrowing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Powerful

An exploration of trauma, identity, family, loss and survival. Non linear narrative structure disorients the reader and brings them deeper into the author’s inner world.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.