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Narrated by: Tamala Shelton
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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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 Ltd

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)

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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.

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Addictive

I loved this book, I found it utterly addictive and incredibly moving. It had a lot more depth than i expected. It felt very intimate and raw, like I was a fly on the wall and could see all of her innermost thoughts and demons. I could relate to a lot of her experiences and emotions being the same age, from the same area and it made me nostalgic and reflective in a surprising way.
If you are open minded about sex work & substance use I highly recommend this. It did not glamorous sex work or the party life style, it did not shy away from the realities of this life and the pain & trauma that is often interconnected but it did not demonise or impose any moral superiority either. A very rare, raw, nuanced look at her life on the fringes, delving into grief and loss, gender roles, rape and porn culture, addiction, mental health, sexuality and gender, taboos and fetishes and many other areas.
Regardless of the fascinating content- Rita is intelligent, insightful and full of heart so it's hard not to instantly feel connected to her journey.
The only criticism is that it jumps around a lot and is a bit disjointed which I didn't mind but I was confused at times and wanted more information about certain things.

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Liked it

Very interesting insight. I did find the story a bit disjointed at times, but was well worth the read/listen

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A heavy listen

A well read, intriguing book that is so eye opening yet totally believable. My heart goes out to Rita. What a crazy taboo life she has lead.

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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
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