The Missing of the Somme was not merely written as a diversion from rewriting Tender is the Night.
But, with this diversion forgiven, what remains is a masterful modern condition-of-England novel that is as dark as it is funny.
It's a diversion, much like pinochle or gin rummy were in the days when there were only three TV channels.
Thanks also for the diversion you provided three years ago, at a time when the nation needed a laugh.
Locals in the audience were thrilled to have a diversion from the weather, if only for an hour.
This occupation, under the circumstances, supplied every kind of diversion.
At times, so fuzzy do I get from so much reading, that I am glad for any diversion.
And he calculated somewhat on the diversion he would find in building a home for the woman he so dearly loved.
At this juncture Polatkin in the rôle of peacemaker created a diversion.
The first diversion she sought was really an effort of her grief to renew itself by a little repose.
early 15c., "diverse condition;" c.1600 "act of diverting," from Middle French diversion, from Late Latin diversionem (nominative diversio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin divertere (see divert).
Sense of "amusement, entertainment" is first recorded 1640s. Hence, divertimento (1823), from the Italian form; originally "a musical composition designed primarily for entertainment."