Sam Lock in Lefkada; photograph by Jonathan Dove
By ALAN JENKINS
“Very odd and original” was the way Alan Hollinghurst described one of his Books of the Year in 1995: As Luck Would Have It by Samuel Lock. And indeed Lock, who died earlier his month at the age of ninety, was one of the oddest and most original novelists of his time. But what was “his time”, exactly? Speaking at his funeral, Hollinghurst recalled being “captivated by something that was oddly both contemporary and old-fashioned” about As Luck Would Have It, the first of Lock’s three strikingly different novels to be published. The same could be said of all of the novels.