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Emilie Gambade answers 20 questions

Maverick Life Editor,  Emilie Gambade, answers our questions.

Emilie Gambade

Maverick Life Editor

Three books that have left an imprint in my memory: Big Shoot by playwright Koffi Kwahulé, Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen and more recently, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

The Karoo.

Travelers cheques and lipstick testers.

Everything – ups and downs – from the day I flew from Paris to Johannesburg to intern at ELLE South Africa back in 1996 to launching and working on Maverick Life.

François Truffaut’s Jules & Jim and Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man.


How I miss you.

Pietro Ferrero.

Pietro Ferrero.

A pain au chocolat dipped in hot chocolate made with Nutella and hot milk.

Didn’t get the memo on the war on sugar.

Waste collector – I was 18. At 5am, the truck stopped right in front of the night club where my friends had been partying. I was at the back of the truck with plastic gloves and gumboots when someone screamed: hey, isn’t that Emilie? I have unlimited admiration for waste collectors.

Malevolent Artificial Intelligence.

It’s not from her but my grandmother always used to say, ‘if there’s a problem, there’s a solution. If there’s no solution, there is no problem’, which I tend to repeat endlessly when faced with a problem.

A 3D printer that can print liquids. And then, a Covid-19 vaccine.

Playing a small part in the first episode of a Canadian TV series (my character died at the end of the episode).